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Sep 2016

MAHARASHTRA NEEDS SKILL-BASED, EMPLOYABLE ACADEMIC CURRICULUM
10:27 am UTC

After Independence the value of education increased in India. Gradually, it reached every corner The spread of education in last 69 years has encouraged the country to aspire to be among the superpowers in this 21st Century. Instead of judging the progress of any sector at the national level, they should be calculated on the global level.

Hence, it is important to change our education system as per the international standards and it’s only aim should be to take Indian society towards betterment. While making changes in the system, it is necessary to study and understand the type of employment that will be available in next 10 years and depending on the possible developments the education pattern should be designed.

We generally hear that the Indian education system lacks in research. On the other hand, it is proven that Indian students are leading the research works undertaken in foreign countries. Hence, research-based studies have to be implemented right from school level.

Many universities in the country still follow the traditional education pattern. Renowned universities across the world have introduced inter-faculty courses, credit-based evaluation, thus giving multiple study options to the students for their all-round development. This pattern will help the students in India as well.

Emphasis should be on experiments, demos The real change has to made in primary, secondary and higher secondary education system. In school academics, experiments should also be given more importance than book-knowledge. In the school days itself, students should be educated depending upon their interest and capabilities. This can help develop a large amount of skilled manpower in the country. This education process will also resolve the questions raised on the availability of resources in different parts of the country.

In many cities, a large number of youths come from smaller towns and this creates a lot of problems for the civic administration system. Hence, instead of developing the cities, villages must be given priority in terms of development. The development of roads, water facilities, electricity, Internet, advanced farming, small industries and skilled manpower depends on the proper progress in the education sector.

Some of the major social issues like the increasing number of atrocities on women, corruption in every sector among others, can be checked only with a progressive and value-adding education system in the country.

Consistent, inclusive assessment needed

“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.” Santosh Shaligram

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 prioritised. 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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