‘No-Fail’ Policy Failed
New Education Policy Draft on Anvil
Students up to Class VIII in schools should up their sleeves as the ghost of examination will be visiting their schools soon as the new education policy is on anvil. The state of education across the country may have an indefinite past and an imperfect present but given the indulgence and thrust of the Union HRD ministry in shoring up education standards, it can surely and definitely look forward to a perfect future. No-fail policy in school introduced by the UPA government five years ago is failing miserably, now is up for review as many think it has resulted in decline in standard and quality of education in the country. To discuss the draft of new policy and for its approval, the education ministers of north Indian states will be meeting in a conference to be held on October 31 in Gurgaon. The conference will be chaired by Smriti Zubin Irani, Union Minister for Human Resource Development. Stating this to media, Ram Bilas Sharma, Haryana Education Minister said that as per ministry’s plan, wide range discussions on draft of new education policy were held in all 6072 villages of the state and added that about two lakh people had given their suggestions on it. Same exercise was held in other northern states. The minister further disclosed that the draft of new education policy was ready and would be approved after discussion in the conference. The national policy on education was last updated in 1992 and now needs to be reviewed.
The HRD ministry has planned to reach out not just to all states across the country but also right down to village level to hold 2.5 lakh meetings at village level, 626 meetings at district levels and 3500 in urban local bodies before drafting the new education policy. The minister admitted that ‘No-fail’ policy in school introduced by the UPA government five years ago has failed in giving desired results. It has deteriorated the level of education.
The official of the education department, Chandigarh, admitted that earlier education policy not to fail any student from Class I to Class VIII has declined the standard and quality of education. The no-exam policy has subsequently resulted in lack of interest in academic competition and deprived students of essential hard study and mental fibre. Experts in education say that the Right to Education (RTE) Act-2009 may bring India in line with over 100 countries across the world that provide free and compulsory education to children. They posed a question whether it created only a crowd of partially literate population instead of genuinely educated and employable one.
The idea behind the Act that every child between the age of 6-14 has the right to free and compulsory education but is it logical to hold no-fail policy and admitting children in classes according to their age not to their academic standard, say they. In the country with a burgeoning population having policies that merely help in inflating the literacy rate rather than providing proper education to the children could be dangerous. Making education accessible to all children in India is a first step; however the act requires several amendments addressing the no fail policy and no examination policy, to check literacy inflation. On a more practical thought, the government needs to ensure
that a standard level of teaching is met all over the country. Merely passing laws is not going to do the job, until the situation on the ground changes. In a country with a burgeoning population, having policies that merely assist in inflating the literacy rate rather than educating the population can be dangerous. Should the Right to Education be called just the Right to go to School instead?
The state’s ups and downs this week
HRTC to Recruit Women Drivers
Kullu: Women could be soon seen driving HRTC buses in Himachal. Minister for Food and Civil Supplies, Transport and Technical Education, G.S. Bali while addressing mediapersons at Kullu said that 60 women would be recruited in the Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) as ‘Mahila Parivahan Mittar’. He said these women would be imparted with self-defence training and would regulate miscreants from harassing women passengers. He stated that any woman, who clears the training and holds a valid heavy vehicle licence for three years, would be inducted as driver. The minister said the HRTC would purchase 50 Volvo buses this year and routes such as Manali-Jaipur and Dharamshala-Srinagar would be launched using these new buses. He added that luxury Tempo Traveller services would be launched soon for the Chandigarh airport and railway station from Shimla, Dalhousie, Dharamshala and Manali. He said the HRTC would acquire seven such mini coaches and these would provide luxurious transport facilities. He added that a Volvo driving school would be soon started at Kangra in which the aspirants could seek training to drive Volvo buses.
Thieves Burgal Safest House of Himachal
Shimla: The common people of Himachal were left shocked and surprised when astute thieves breached the safest house of Himachal. The ancestral Shanti Kunj palace (Raj Mahal) of Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh at Sarahan was burgled recently. Thieves broke open the lock of the main gate of the palace and decamped with about 3 kg of silver goods worth more than Rs 2 lakh. The stolen articles reportedly included one silver table lamp of 1 kg, four silver flower pots each weighing about 250 gm and one readymade silver temple, police said. The articles were stolen from different rooms and it appeared that the thieves were familiar with the palace. The incident occurred despite the fact that five guards and police were posted in strength at palace. The incident came to light in the morning when the caretaker Prem Raj found the lock broken. The Jhakri police have registered a case of house breaking and theft in dwelling house under sections 457 and 380 of the IPC and investigations are in progress. However, no arrest has been made and efforts are on to identify the culprits.