Reform in 100 Days
July 2009

Reform in 100 Days

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“A single day cannot be wasted towards enabling the right for children to be educated. This education must be inclusive and with quality. The three principles of access, equity, and excellence will not be compromised while implementing the educational reform agenda.”

{ SHRI KAPIL SIBAL, MINISTER, HRD, GOVT. OF INDIA }

The new Government is committed towards improving the education system in India. This was stated by Shri Kapil Sibal, Union Minister for Human Resource Development, at the time of receiving the final report Prof. Yashpal Committee on ‘Renovation and Rejuvenation of Higher Education’. The minister said, he was also committed to implement the recommendations of the National Knowledge Commission along with the Yashpal Committee which would be pivotal towards the reforms in the educational sector in the country.

HRD Minister has said that the govt will try to pass the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Bill in the ensuing session of the Parliament, which seeks to make education a fundamental right of every child in the age group of six to 14 years.The Minister said all step should be taken to enact the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Bill, which seeks to make education a fundamental right of every child in the age group of six to 14 years.

No one would seriously question the assessment that our primary education system is seriously inadequate in terms of access and coverage. Way too many kids either do not go to school at all or drop out much before they reach the certification stage. There is also great concern, although much less consensus about alternatives, with what is being taught in schools. The scope of reform has to encompass both these dimensions

This can be gauged from the trend in number of kids in the age group 5-14. According to the  nited Nations Population Projections (2006 series), India will have 248.3 million of them in   010. This will grow slightly to 248.5 million in 2015, before starting to decline gradually. It  ill, however, still be 247.3 million in 2020. In other words, there will be enough consumers  or the service for some time to come. But, the fact that the number is showing signs of  lateauing implies that the benefits of a major re-structuring will not be neutralised by a  assive increase in numbers. The situation lends itself to radical change  now, followed by a  period of stabilisation and consolidation. Unveiling his 100-day plan, HRD Minister  said the  ingle board would replace various  boards in the country and would hold a  uniform  xamination for all students on the  pattern of combined law admission test being organised for  dmission to law institutions.  The government also plans to set up autonomous overarching authority for higher education and research based on the recommendations of Yashpal committee and the National Knowledge Commission. The government will introduce a system to replace the present assessment procedure of giving marks to awarding grades which will reduce stress.The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will be the first board to
introduce the grading system in the country. The government will explore the possibility of setting up an independent accreditation body  olicy matters for schools to ensure quality. At present, the schools are not accredited to any agency.The government also wants to set up an All India Madrassa Board which will award degrees equivalent to CBSE and other boards. The
board will frame policy to impart secular and technical education to Muslims without interfering the religious teachings. On way to rejuvenate the education system, the Ministry of HRD has recently released his 100 days programme agenda, which announces all these above words of reform. With a positive note of India awaiting the days of educational reform soon, Digital Learning presents the 100 days agenda of Ministry of HRD. Legislative All steps will be taken to enact the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Bill. This will be followed by notification of the 86th Constitutional Amendment in the official gazette.
Evolve consensus for establishment of an All India Madarsa Board. Policy Attempt to  formulate a policy framework for PPP in school education, evolve a variety of PPP models, and apply them  as feasible. Further the use of ICT in secondary schools and in open/distance  schooling through broadband connectivity. Evolve a National Curriculum Framework for Teacher Education in consultation

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