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‘Prime Challenge in School Education is Curriculum’

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“The prime challenge in education today is the content — the curriculum. We need to assess if the curriculum is futuristic and relevant or are we getting tied down with old, outdated curriculum. There are subjects that have invaded the new world that provide knowledge and education required to be world leaders,” said Sarvesh Kaushal, Special Chief Secretary, Government of Punjab while delivering the keynote address at 7th Elets School Leadership Summit held at Chandigarh.

“There are institutions which respond quickly and equip themselves. There are subjects that have invaded the new world that provide knowledge and education required to be world leaders,” he said.

Cautioning teachers that it is not just they who are assessing the children but nowadays it is the children too who are assessing their teachers. “This is significant given the fact that parents today are moving two layers above their affordability to educate their child and so are increasingly becoming very critical of any lapse. There is a reason for that – earlier the education used to be as good as free but no more,” he said.

“I would not bog down private schools cynically but would rather upgrade the government schools for better education of those who cannot afford it. Both private and government schools go together and there are no biases. There are hospitals in government sector which are ill equipped but that does not mean that we pull down the super specialised hospitals in private sector,”said Sarvesh Kaushal.

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Explaining the role of government and private schools in his special address, Dr Anup Kumar Rajput, Professor and Head – Department of Elementary Education, NCERT, said, “Its the responsibility of private school along with government to produce creative, skillful and employable youth.”

“Pedagogy must help parents and teachers to about the progress of their wards and students along with fulfilling students learning needs, ” he added.

The Summit saw thought leaders across the education sector, the corporate and policy makers come together at a common platform to deliberate on relevant issues. This included panel discussion on training teachers in the age of technology driven education, the future of early childhood education in the era of Digitalisation and Innovation. Round table discussions were held on digital library, the need of skill development in k-12 segment.

A special session on preschool education was also held during the summit to showcase challenges and solutions of the sector.

During the summit, top schools of Punjab, Chandigarh, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh were also felicitated by Dr Rajput. The schools were chosen on the basis on the basis of ranking done by digitalLEARNING magazine.

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