KOCHI: Teachers and students, not just politicians, should contribute to the formulation of education policies, said Union Human Resources Development Minister Smriti Irani.
She was delivering the valedictory address at the 21st National Annual Sahodaya Conference held at the CIAL Convention Centre, here on Sunday.
“Discussions will be held on the matter, and a new education policy will be rolled out next year. A look at the education policies formulated earlier shows that the Education Commission usually submits its report in six months-three years time. It is always the bureaucrats, experts and politicians who have a say in the formulation of policies, which should not be the case,” she said.
She said that she had directed CBSE chairman Vineet Joshi to make arrangements to involve the teaching fraternity and students in policy making, hereafter. At the meeting, the Minister released a souvenir of ‘Saaraamsh’ - a comprehensive self-review tool for learning outcomes and performance of schools. “While the tool enables schools to understand learning outcomes and performances, and to compare them with the other schools nationally, we should make it an enabling device for parents too, for checking the performance. Similar to the login and password provided to parents in certain schools, Saaraamsh should be made available to parents but should not be used as a pressurising tactic,” she said.
“The device should be used as an enabling tool. We should ensure that our schools are ‘enablers’ of children with special needs,” she said.