It is a three fold agenda of expansion, inclusion and excellence that the HRD ministry had promised in its agenda for the first 100 days. The government has had its plans in place for both primary and higher education, with the thrust being on expanding the reach of initiatives like Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and to increase in female literacy.
What has been promised:
– Creation of a single regulator for higher education.
-This would mean the end of existing bodies like the UGC and AICTE
-Formulation of a policy framework for Public Private Partnership in school education
– Liberalising the education sector to bring in more finances, better infrastructure
and work opportunities.
While further impetus on the use of IT in the education sector and open and distance schooling through broadband connectivity is an area being stressed upon, the government has already passed the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Bill in the Parliament, making it compulsory for a child between the age of 6-14 years to be in school.
With the passage of the Bill the right to free education also comes into effect. But what actually grabbed the headlines was the HRD ministers’ proposal to scrap the tenth class board exams by way of reforms. And the ministry says that there are several such ‘innovations’ that are being looked at.
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