The education sector is facing good and bad changes. In such a scenario, it is necessary to carry out consistent and inclusive assessment. Syllabus should be framed in such a way that the students would be able to learn through experience.
In the field of education, the focus should be given on the standard of education and it should be student centric. But, in last three years, no attention was paid on any of these aspects. According to the new policy, instead of ‘failing’ a low scoring students of Std VIII, their skills and credits are evaluated and overall development is prioritized. But, the teachers and school management are still unable to understand this positive approach.
The only obligation being followed is that no student should be ‘failed’ till Std VIII. But the quality of education remained the same. The students in Std IX and X fail to solve the mathematics problems and are unable to understand English because their basics about the subjects are not clear.
Taking exams is not the solution for a problem. The teachers’ mindset has to be changed and it is for them to understand the importance of the new policy. The State government should take up the issue on priority.
In last few years, the State’s education system has been through both good and bad changes. The best and important among them is re-examination of the Std X and XII students and their aptitude test.
The re-examination removed the ‘fail’ tag and aptitude test guides them on which stream to take up for further studies. But, the government could not provide the needed skill-based education along with the traditional education pattern.
Now, it has become necessary that Std VII student should know what are skills and Std VIII students must be given a skill-based subject. But, every school does not have the facilities and infrastructure available. Also, it has to be ensured that students learn through experience.
Even at the management level, the admission process should be transparent. A separate admission system must be developed for schools as well.
Credit based evaluation in higher education and introducing inter-faculty courses are necessary. These aspects are being overlooked by the government. Though some universities have started inter-faculty courses, the available options and information are not enough. Colleges and universities should themselves make necessary changes in the courses of Arts and Commerce.
For the positive and productive changes, the government alone cannot do anything. The entire education sector and its participants have to come together to make the necessary progress.
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