Union Minister Prakash Javadekar speaking at the India Today Conclave said that the education policy in India needs to change. The minister said that in the last 10 years the quality of education in India has taken a hit. He said that the education policies of the previous UPA government have been bad for the nation’s education system. Javadekar said, ”You can ask any teacher that the education system has been really bad in the last decade. Most schools have become mid-day meal schools.”
Javadekar said at the India Today conclave that 25 states want to detain children in Class V and in Class VIII. Javadekar said, ”Only four states do not want to detain children in classes V and VIII, the other 25 states want to detain children who fail the exams.” Javadekar added, ”Exams will be held in March, children who fail these exams will get a chance to clear the exams in June, the states will decide that to do with the children who fail the second exam”.
Javadekar said that states will decide what to do do with those who fail. The minister said, ”We will empower the states to take decisions. Under the current system of Right To Education (RTE) students cannot be failed till Class IX. This has lead to poor performance by students”. The minister also said that, teacher education also needs a reformation.
According to a PTI report that the HRD Ministry is considering to develop Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) into formal schools like those affiliated to CBSE. This will enable the ITI graduates to pursue regular courses in other schools and colleges.