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Some Thoughts on Education Policy (Video snippet in Hindi)

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Some thoughts on the current education policy (in Hindi).  If you like this video, pl consider subscribing to my YouTube channel:http://www.youtube.com/JaiDharma  Jai Hind, Jai Bharat!

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November 11th, 2012 Posted by | Personal, Photos and Videos, Politics and Governance in India | 5 comments


  1. Important point is that he has initiated a dialogue and thinking process. It will create mass awareness which will distill something useful.

    Comment by Dr. O. P. Sudrania | November 12, 2012

  2. In the context of education, do read Anna, Arvind Kejriwal’s book, Swaraj, although interesting, is NOT the solution to India’s problems!

    Comment by B Shantanu | November 16, 2012

  3. There’s nothing new in this idea. Since many decades US policy makers have been exploring this ideas. On pilot basis, voucher projects have been carried out but there has not been any positive results (improvement in quality of teaching/learning process) to support this hypothesis. the problem in India is that we launch such grand schemes without much study.
    Some questions to consider:
    1) What about uniform citizenship values across India?
    2) Private players focus on profits. what about developing cadre of quality teachers? (I assume you must be aware of teacher exploitation in low-cost private schools).
    3) Can government control fees?
    4) how will you ensure large players? Suppose reliance buys out all schools in a city. Wouldn’t it be a monopoly? And what leverage will government have to monitor what curriculum is taught?

    Why not rather force our governments to develop policies that provide incentives to quality teaching & encourage professional development in teachers; and to establish accountability & transparency at every level?

    You should study educational systems of Finland, Singapore, & South Korea. Their comparison with India is unfair, but we can definitely compare those countries with Indian states. Why can’t our states develop such education systems?

    Comment by Kathan | January 26, 2013

  4. From Why India’s landmark education law is shutting down schools By Alys Francis, 6 March 2014:

    In an unauthorised colony of labourers in Delhi, a class of six-year-olds is reciting English, a language their parents hope will get them jobs in call centres and offices.
    But later this month the classes will stop.
    Ramditi JRN Deepalaya is among hundreds of small private schools – which have multiplied in India selling education at 100 rupees ($1.6; 96 pence) a month – that are being forced to sound the final bell because they do not comply with a law which makes education a fundamental right for children.

    Teacher Gitanjali Krishnan said the school in Panchsheel Enclave would have to triple student fees to meet the demands of the law.

    “Our parents are the poorest of the poor, labourers and migrant workers, they won’t be able to afford it,” she said.

    …critics say the landmark legislation is hurting those it was made to help – by forcing private schools in slums and poor areas to shut because they lack the space and finances to change.

    Officials in Punjab said they closed 1,170 schools, Haryana shut 713, while Tamil Nadu closed “a little more than 400” and Andhra Pradesh “not more than 400”.

    Critics of the law say that while far from perfect, India’s bargain-price schools have been producing better performing students, while government schools have gained a reputation for teachers that don’t show up for class and most don’t offer the coveted English-medium tuition.

    A rural survey found that private students performed better in reading and math than government students.

    The Annual Survey of Education (ASER) also highlighted the shift to private education, with enrolment increasing from 19% in 2006 to 29% in 2013.

    Tamil Nadu official Pooja Kulkarni said quality was not guaranteed in private schools.

    “We employ only trained teachers, in the unrecognised schools [which are not registered with government] we have absolutely no idea what kind of teachers they employ,” she said.

    Meanwhile, critics say the RTE fails to address the main problems with government education.

    “There is nothing literally in the law that makes it mandatory for a teacher to teach – their salary is not linked to performance and the children are not tested,” said Mr Rangaraju

    Comment by B Shantanu | March 7, 2014

  5. Placing this link here for the record:
    Smriti Irani, have a good cry. Then give 240m kids a chance, by Gurcharan Das, Sept ’15L:

    …The problem, tragically, lies in the Right to Education Act 2009 (RTE), which assumed the problem was to bring kids into school. But in 2009, 96.5% of children were already in school. The problem was of learning and RTE is silent on learning outcomes or teacher quality. It made another bad assumption — assessing children’s performance is stressful on kids — and made it illegal to test students to find out if they are learning.

    Instead of improving the quality of government schools, RTE has unleashed a corrupt inspector raj upon private schools, leading to the closure of many on dubious grounds.

    Irani has recently invited suggestions from the public to mend the system. Here is my response in six simple steps. One, the problem is management, not money. It is an outrage that one in four teachers is absent and one in two, who is present, is found not teaching.
    Two, focus on learning, not schooling. Follow Gujarat’s Gunotsav, which measures outcomes.

    Third, great leaders make great institutions. Stop appointing headmasters on the basis of seniority. A strong principal can turn around a weak school if he is an instructional leader, not only an administrator.

    Four, since teacher salaries have improved after the last pay commission, create incentives to attract better talent into teaching.

    Five, don’t harass private schools or treat them like cash cows. Get rid of ‘licence raj’, which will encourage genuine entrepreneurs to enter education.
    Six, learn from the best practices in Chile, Singapore, Sweden, Brazil and Poland which have invested significant energy in reforming education.

    Comment by B Shantanu | October 25, 2015

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