Pune: “We have all become literate monsters, and this is one of the biggest challenges for our education system today,” veteran educationist NM Joshi said on Friday.
He was speaking during the release and publication of ‘Survey of schools in Pune 2018-19’ conducted by Business Ethics Foundation, a Pune-based non-profit organisation. The survey was released by Joshi, in presence of Dr Nitin Karmalkar, VC, Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU).He further said, “What we need to check is whether our literacy is helping the society or the community. As far as any evaluation is concerned, I see that most of them just present the findings and do not mention the causes and the solutions. This is what I found different about this survey of schools, as it also focused on the reasons.”
The survey was an introspective survey, conducted amongst the principals of 135 schools in Pune and Pimrpi Chinchwad.
Dr Madhavi Kulkarni, who coordinated the survey, said, “This survey was conducted on a pilot basis and had only principals on board. Next time on, we would like to include all stakeholders like teachers, parents, students as well as the society, in order to get a better perspective.”
While the principals had to rate their schools on several parameters like infrastructure, value education, life skills, safety and security, academic performance, sports education, etc, Kulkarni said that most of them said that the most important qualities that the parents sought in any school to admit their children are turning out to be co-curricular activities, sports and value education.
She pointed out, “There is a need that our principals get more power as they are the ones who run the schools. We had approached around 180 schools, however, could get just 135 aboard as the rest of the principals did not get the permission. The school principals need to get more power to share about the schools that they are running.”
In the schools that participated, several schools were ranked on the basis of the answers given by the principals on several parameters mentioned above. Maximum of the schools that participated were Marathi medium, Co-Educational and under the Maharashtra State Board.”
The survey release was followed by a discussion on the challenges and opportunities of high school education, of which the panelists were Dr Nitin Karmalkar, VC, Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU), Dr Lalita Vartak, Principal of Adarsh College of Education, Prasad Barje, Director, SBI (training), Sadanand Mahajan, Businessman.