Careers360 interviews Cdr. VK Banga (Retd.), Chairman of Indian Public School Conference (IPSC), who speaks about challenges that the Indian education system faces. In this interview he also talks about various educational reforms.Read the full interview to know what IPSC Chairman shares about major challenges Indian school education system is facing.
Read below excerpts of interview.
Careers360: What is the agenda of a public school?
Cdr. VK Banga: The primary aim of a public school of the IPSC is ‘to prepare students of ability for positions of service and responsibility in all walks of national life’. A good public school aims to teach its students the values of equality and camaraderie. In order to do so, a public school creates an environment where the children live together and work together under the care of teachers who reside on campus and are involved in their students’ growth and development.
Careers360: What should be stressed in educational reforms?
Cdr. VK Banga: I find that the present CCE system does not cater to appropriate assessment of a child’s capabilities and hence needs suitable modifications. Many developed countries had first designed their infrastructure in such a way that today they are able to find out if students have copy-pasted their homework, instead of learning anything. Prior to implementation of CCE, on parallel lines, we should also have evolved a better evaluation system of children, based on good parameters of assessment.
This would have reduced the huge manual work of teachers, giving them more time to interact with students, as no system can replace a teacher.
Careers360: What are the major challenges for the Indian school education system?
Cdr. VK Banga: Selection of an academic stream for a student is one of the major challenges. How to best utilize the crucial 4-year period of classes 9th to 12th of a student positively as it caters to his next 40 years, is itself a big challenge not only for a student and his parents, but also for the existing education system
Another challenge is regarding the issue of admitting an exceptionally talented student who is underage. Normal age of admission to nursery class is 3 years and to class first is 5 years, as on March 31st. But what about a God-gifted child who is born a month or two later than March 31st? Why can’t he be given admission to the suitable class with the discretionary power to authority or to the head of the school, so that his precious whole one year is not lost?
Careers360: In what way you would define the success of a school?
Cdr. VK Banga: If a school is in a position to impart to its students the core values of life, the school, certainly will be a successful one. The school should not only make them literate or only job seekers or make them only employable. If a school can make a student who has a caliber to score 90% marks in academics and does find in him enough self-confidence to speak in public, or can teach him how he dresses out nicely, or he is courteous, or possesses high level of general awareness, or has smart movements then the school can be called a good school.
A good school must ensure that students know their duties along with the rights, as laid down in the Constitution. Also the school must generate an instinct among students to be disciplined, acquire Knowledge and have true sense of Patriotism.
My message to parents is, have faith in your child. Believe in him, but monitor him. He has not seen life, so mentor and monitor him. Spend some quality time with him at home, despite a busy work schedule, so that your child does not lack that subtle emotional touch and psychological security, which only parents can give.
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