HRD Min preparing note on education policy

Recommendations include a complete overhaul of examination system which at present primarily tests only rote memory.

Published: 22nd June 2016 04:38 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd June 2016 04:51 AM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: Even as it is yet to make public the report of the draft national education policy, the HRD Ministry is preparing a note, based on the recommendations, which it intends to circulate among the States for further consultation.

Officials in the Ministry also did not rule out convening a meeting of the Central Advisory Board of Education, the highest decision making body on education in the country to discuss the recommendations. The board comprises education ministers from all States besides academicians and distinguished people from different fields.

The note could put across the stand of the Ministry about the nature of the implementation of the policy recommendations. Officials said the Ministry is not bound by the report and could even include its suggestions for wider consultations but broadly based within the realms of the recommendations. Though the policy report, prepared by a five-member committee headed by former cabinet secretary TSR Subramanian has been accessed by different media houses, Minister Smriti Irani has rejected putting it in public domain unless it is circulated among the states.

The recommendations include a complete overhaul of examination system which at present primarily tests only rote memory. The report has suggested that the examination systems need to be designed to test understanding rather than being able to obtain marks by regurgitating only what is in the textbooks.

It has suggested that performance of a student should not be judged only by results of the board examinations.


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