Shiksha Sanskriti Utthan Nyas (SSUN), an RSS outfit, headed by Dinanath Batra has demanded changes in the New Education Policy which will inculcate value education in each subject of study to create integral humanism. SSUN has urged the creation of the All India Autonomous Education Commission which will not have the government interference.
The body will look after the education comprehensively from primary to university level and the government’s role will be limited to funding only. The commission should be managed by technocrats and not bureaucrats. Batra also emphasised to add social service certificate course in class X and XII syllabus. Under this course children will adopt villages and do literacy work, informed villagers about health issues, and convince them to give up caste system. This course will also involve giving vocational training to unemployed youth in villages.
SSUN also proposes to introduce two separate streams in class IX, vocational and academic. If the student opt for vocational course, he will get 60 per cent weightage while 40 per cent in academic. And if the student opt for academic than weightage will be 60 per cent for academic and 40 per cent for vocational.
According to Ministry of Human Resource and Development, in elementary education, despite improvements in access and retention, the learning outcomes for a majority of children continue to be an area of serious concern. Studies are showing that children are not learning the basic skills during their schooling. Many children who reach grade V cannot read simple texts and cannot do simple arithmetic calculations. The examination results of the children are poor. Concerted efforts are required to ensure that a minimum set of cognitive skills are acquired by all children during eight years of elementary education.