School education: surveys and systems

Second, in our schools, an average teacher assumes that their job is to teach from the textbook and outdated notes. He/she does not care about developing the child’s curiosity and personality. A child’s demands, from insects to stars, are completely authentic to the classroom space. The NEP aims to make education grounded.

The imagination is that of schools practicing agriculture, dairy farming, weaving using the best modern techniques, all woven into a single cloth – teachers, students and the community having the same meeting place.

Already several studies, including the annual State of Education Reports (ASER), have pointed out that most of the failures of the country’s education system stem from the lack of connection between the lived experiences of most students and what is taught in classrooms.

The fact is that education should be closely related to the life of its people, but not narrowly conceived. Rabindernath Tagore played an important role in education in both Santiniketan and Sriniketan.

In Sriniketan, initiatives included seed and manure trials, livestock rearing, poultry farming, rural surveys, rural banks, rice paddies, weavers, cooperatives, irrigation and health societies , antimalarial measures, vaccination against smallpox, training of midwives and an awareness program on how to deal with famines and epidemics. The NEP recommends that every student take a fun year-long course from grades 6-8 so the world meets in one nest.

This requires a shift from the curriculum-centred approaches of the past to a learner-centred methodology and schools, management and Department of Education officials need to ensure this change.

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