Private schools not consulted on education policy: NISA

Private schools not consulted on education policy: NISA

‘Govt in rush to implement’

Srinagar: The Government of India has not taken board the private schools, which teach fifty percent of students across the country, while framing its National Education Policy, a representative association of schools said.
At a press conference organised jointly by National Independent Schools Alliance of India (NISA) and Private Schools Association of Jammu and Kashmir (PSAJK), President NISA, Dr Kulbhushan Sharma said that even though the policy was being framed for three years, they were not given enough time for feedback.
“We have been given a month for the feedback and that too when there are summer vacations going on in schools across north India,” Sharma said.
Asserting that private schools teach fifty percent of the students in the country, Sharma said “If we have the confidence of such a percentage of parents, should we not be taken on board?” he asked.
He rued that the govt had not even translated a national policy-meant for the whole country- into vernacular languages.
“If it is a policy for the whole country, why such a rush?” he asked.
He added that the recommendations of the Subramanyam committee had been “put into dustbin” by the government.
Sharma further pointed out that despite the government of India proposing a 4-year integrated B Ed programme, the teachers “are still supposed to obtain an eligibility certificate”.
“Seems like the government does not trust its own programme for teachers,” he said.
Sharma also alleged that there was no provision for the safety and security for teachers in the new education policy.
On the occasion President PSAJK, G N Var also said that the government was in a rush to implement the new education policy while it kept mum over the matter at the time of Lok Sabha elections.
While the basic dogma of education should ideally be to teach how to think, “We are being forced to teach what to think”, he added, while criticising the new policy draft.