Pune: Soon, schools across the country will have a mechanism for accreditation and assessment to judge them for their quality of education on the lines of the National Accreditation and Assessment Council (NAAC) for colleges. The schools getting the lowest rankings will be closed, said Union Minister of Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar.
He was speaking during the inaugural function of eighth Bharatiya Chhatra Sansad on Friday.
Speaking of the poor education quality and neglected condition of schools in the country, Javadekar said, “The current situation of schools is so pathetic that almost no quality education is imparted to students. Consequently, their score is zero. Yet, these schools are running in our country, but we have to change this situation. Hence, hereafter, schools will have to face assessment like the NAAC. So far, the NAAC has been conducting assessments of colleges to examine the quantity and quality of higher education imparted in institutions.”
Javadekar emphasised that every student should receive good quality education, for which schools imparting primary education need to improve their quality. The schools, which fail to meet the criteria to qualify the assessment, will be shut.
Javadekar said the country requires skilled manpower for making a new India. Those who are pursuing technical education will be appreciated by the government, in order to recognise the dignity of work.
State Education Minister Vinod Tawade said the education ministry was always one of the most neglected by politicians. “While allocating ministries to elected members, important ministries were given top priority for allocation, while the education portfolio was given to a junior minister, hence, education remained largely neglected. Now, the government is stepping in to improve the situation,” Javadekar said.
Tawade said that today’s youth have the right to voice their opinions and they should be encouraged to raise their concerns. “Politics was always looked down upon. The way we have the Indian Administrative Services and Indian Police Service, we must also have an Indian Political Service, wherein students must be encouraged to join politics. They should be given a platform to air their opinion on every issue in the country,” said Tawade.
Nanik Rupani, Chairman of Neutron Electronic System Pvt Ltd, Rajiv Bajaj, MD of Bajaj Auto, Tushar Gandhi, President of Mahatma Gandhi Foundation, Vijay Bhatkar, Chancellor of Nalanda University, Dushyant Chautala, MP from Haryana, Vishwanath Karad, Founder President of MIT World Peace University, Shivraj Patil, former Union minister of home affairs, Swami Chidanand Saraswati, spiritual leader, Mangesh Karad, Executive President, MIT Art, Design and Technology University and Rahul Karad, Executive President, MIT World Peace University were present during the event.