Suggestions for National Education Policy 2016


National Education Policy 2016 is being drafted by the Department of Education, Government of India. Here in this article I am submitting some important suggestions regarding education in India. These suggestions if implemented will do a lot of good to the students and teachers.

Introduction

Today education has become a business. Parents and the teachers are being exploited by the school/college/institute management and the prospective talents are being killed by this faulty and corrupt education system. I would like to draw your attention towards the few points, which need an urgent attention.

Protecting the rights of teachers and assistant professors

As on today teachers are being paid very less, even the minimum wage act 1948 is violated by most of the private schools and educational institutes. Teachers are paid Rs 3000 - 5000/- per month. Even few schools pay on paper ten to fifteen thousand per month .But in reality they give cheque or take signature on higher amount and take back more than half the amount of the salary from the teachers, thus fooling the system. A illiterate contract labour gets 12000 to 15000/- per month with all benefits, whereas a post graduate with B.Ed degree gets Rs 5000/- per month without any benefits. This is the misery of a teacher in India. In light of the above facts please protect the financial and social rights of teacher by fixing minimum wage. I am submitting the following points, which if implemented will improve the education system.

  1. For this sector as on today it should be Rs 20000/- for primary, 25000/- for middle schools, 30000/- for high school teachers and 50000/- for private assistant professors. Strict audit and inspection should be there to catch the defaulters.

  2. Teaching post should be filled within a short period i.e. 6 months in govt schools and colleges/universities. Today it has become the practice to keep teaching post vacant years together even upto 10-20 years. Teachers and higher education faculties are being kept on contract basis for 11 months. After 11 months further renew and this practice of renewal continues for years together. This practice should end and the teachers should get their due rights.

  3. A separate higher education service (Indian Education Service, State Education Service) should start like Indian Administrative Service, to attract the right and talented people into this sector.

  4. There should be a national data base for prospective faculties, so that education institutes can access the talented faculties and the candidates can get the employment.

  5. There should be a ceiling of fees for each category of schools, colleges and institutes so that they could not exploit the parents. Donations and capitation fees should be banned.

  6. Reservation should be stopped for the appointment of teachers and lecturers because the quality of education is most important for the future of students of our country.

  7. Education should be cheap and affordable to everyone so steps should be taken to realise this dream and no one in the country should be deprived from the benefits of education.

  8. Privatisation of higher education should not be allowed too much, because private professional colleges and institutes charges so heavy fees. For example there are many private medical colleges in the country who are charging up to Rs 10 lakhs per year. These practices of capitation fees, donations and other annual charges will encourage social imbalance and inefficiency in the education system.

  9. Poor and middle class students from the general category are deprived from the benefits of professional education because of unfair reservation policies. Neither they can get government seat nor private seat due to financial reasons as well as reservation policy.


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Comments

Author: Kailash Kumar20 Aug 2016 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 3

The first National Education Policy (NEP) was announced in the year 1968 when Indira Gandhi was the Prime Minister followed by the second NEP in the year 1986, Rajiv Gandhi being the Prime minister at that time. The second NEP was revised in 1992 when P V Narasimha Rao was the Prime Minister. The 10+2+3 structure of education and the three language formula are among the most enduring legacies of the NEP-I. The Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Mid Day Meal Scheme, Navodaya Vidyalayas, Kendriya Vidyalayas and use of IT in education are the results of NEP-II. Thus we can see that at the policy level, broader guidelines are issued, leaving the nuts and bolts of the execution to the implementation agencies. The suggestions made by the author are practical but impracticable as it is considered a taboo to talk about the abolition of the reservation system. As far as privatization of the education is concerned, that is meant primarily to address the needs of the growing population at exponential rates.



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