Education system should be changed, says Kapil Sibal

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Education system should be changed, says Kapil SibalDec 27 (TruthDive) Chennai: Minister for Human Resource Development Kapil Sibal said here on Monday, learning and education, henceforth, will be child-centric and not exam-centric as it is now.

Kapil Sibal was speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the Ramanujan 125 year celebrations held at the University Centenary Hall, the University of Madras. The Ministry sought to build an education system that promotes creativity, freedom, joy and an awareness of cultural heritage. “It will help our children to retain their sense of wonder, to develop a spirit of enquiry and to nurture the joys of learning,” he said.

He said: “We are endeavouring to reform this with emphasis on skill development and unlocking the creative talent within the child.” The Ministry’s decision to do away with examinations at the end of the year, replacing them with a Comprehensive and Continuous Evaluation (CCE) system in a bid to de-stress children, was a step in that direction.

Sibal said, “Thus far we have had an education system that is socially stratified…Graduates of a few elite universities such as the IITs and IIMs become the managerial class that run the Indian state and the industry. This is changing and must change”.

He sought a change in the country’s education system which, he said, was “socially stratified” with graduates of elite universities becoming the managerial class.

Despite the triumph of India’s democracy, large sections of the society continue to remain marginalised and disempowered mainly due to the lack of eduation, he said.

He said courageous teachers here and there were attempting to keep the vibrant current going but they were in minority “with the odds heavily loaded against them.”

Decline in areas of humanities and social science is taking place. ” This is accentuated by the basic changes taking place in the balance in power in India with the unprecedented rise of the corporate sector. Jobs in state sector have stagnated while those in corporate and informal sectors have grown exponentially.”

“We seek to expand and create an egalitarian system of education around a clear understanding of our culture, history, needs, endowments and competence,” the Minister said.

For this, all including the government, academia, business, civil society and citizens need to work to focus on education as the key enabler of empowerment, social change and inclusive development.

Government also aimed at increasing the Gross Enrolment Ratio, an indicator of number of persons taking to higher education, from 15 per cent to 30 per cent in this decade, Sibal said.

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