Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A National Strategy for Education

Children Reading Pratham Books and Akshara
Meeta Sengupta is back with another important article about the state of education in India. Meeta outlines the steps that can hopefully better the existing system.


There are shortages everywhere—teachers, faculty, researchers, laboratories—and these are reflected in every assessment of education that has been done, be it the Annual Status of Education Report, the Programme for International Student Assessment or various higher education rankings. The good news stories lie buried under the sheer scale of the challenge ahead. Clearly, the battles need prioritization for the war to be won. Where does one start? With a mantra: Unbox. Unbind. Un-entangle. Unite.

Unbox learning: While the investment in classrooms and schools is great, it is time to release learning from the tyranny of classrooms. Learning should go to the student and must extend way beyond the walls of a classroom. Build on existing programmes to push content via multiple channels, create open libraries, let village school buildings become community learning centres after school time with open access to solar-powered connected computers. Commission science and reading vans, convert bus stops into educational game corners. Invest in creativity and research attitudes from the very beginning. Let learning be open to all, not just those who wear uniforms. Allow certification of prior knowledge when proven, so that the skilled are not burdened with schooling again. Create and support channels of knowledge flow to build communities of learning.

Read the entire article.

Additional Reading : Why Reading Should be Embedded in a Country’s Culture

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