Pune: Anil Swarup, Secretary of School Education and Literacy of Ministry of Human Resource Development, urged schools to be transparent in their undertakings. He was speaking at a workshop conducted by the FICCI Alliance for Re-Imagining School Education - FICCI Arise.
The workshop was organised to deliberate on the aspects of ‘The Model Self-Financed Independent Schools Code’ and build consensus with state governments and independent schools. It impressed upon the need to have an independent code for recognition and regulation of schools established as self-financed independent institutions.
“It is important to dispel apprehensions regarding the Indian school education system prevalent in society today. The education sector in India has mafias, who are to be isolated as they bring a bad name to the system. Good work is being done by most schools in general,” said Swarup.
“I strongly believe that neither the public sector nor the private sector can take the education system forward alone. It is time that we partner and jointly work toward resolving issues. I also strongly recommend schools to be transparent in their functioning to fizzle out the negative perceptions in public,” said Swarup.
Sanjay Aggarwal, Additional Chief Secretary of School Education, Uttar Pradesh Government, said, “Uttar Pradesh formulated the fee regulation act in the first week of June, wherein we took inputs from the FICCI Arise Model Self- Financed Independent Schools Code. I would like to thank the team for helping us devise a politically acceptable, socially desirable, technically feasible, financially viable and administratively doable proposal of fee regulation act for the state.”
The Model Code resonates with the Ministry’s vision of increasing supply and creating more competition, thus bringing affordable education to the entire country.
Shobha Mishra Ghosh, Assistant Secretary General, FICCI, said, “The Model Self-Financed Independent Schools Code has aspects such as compulsory Parent Teacher Association for schools, permission for establishment of a new school or upgradation, and regulated fee hike, to ensure transparency between schools and parents and create an environment of trust. The model code lays down aspects that can help various state governments in encouraging participation of private players along with addressing the concerns of the stakeholders.”
The workshop was also attended by Bidol Tayeng, Secretary of Education, Arunachal Pradesh, Maninder Kaur Dwivedi, Adviser of NITI Aayog, Rajesh Kumar Chaturvedi, Chairman of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), and key officials from Assam, Kerala, Jammu and Kashmir, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh and Nagaland.