DAINIK NATION BUREAU
The central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) has decided to launch operation digital board in all schools in next five years. It will be jointly organized by centre, state, corporate social responsibility (CSR) and community. It will improve the quality of education. Students will be empowered with 360-degree information with interesting learning experience and teacher accountability will also increase. The decision was taken in 65th meeting of CABE led by HRD Minister Javadekar
In his address, Union Minister for Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar stressed that education is a national agenda which empowers the individual, family, society and the nation. He highlighted some recent steps such as codification of learning outcomes, national academic depository, digital initiatives that strength education, training of 15 lakh untrained teachers, re-introduction of class X board examinations, and the status of no detention policy. He endorsed that the States requirements of additional funds is well justified.
Union Minster for Women and child Development Maneka Gandhi suggested introduction of career counselling from 9th class, synergise with WCD Ministry for effective implementation of Pre-School Education with anganwadis. She suggested employing women drivers and helpers in School bus, sensitize young students about good & bad touch by showing Komal film in all schools. NCPCR launched POSCO-EBox, an online complaint system for confidential registration of complaints regarding sexual offence against children. States should encourage their students for applying for MWCD scholarships. To promote greater tolerance among students belonging to different religions, she suggested like earlier Moral Science classes, religious books of all religions may be exposed so that students can start appreciating other religions.
Union Minister of Social Justice & Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot suggested more efforts to ensure that students from socially disadvantaged sections, girls, differently-abled are enrolled and continue in their studies without dropping out. He urged for a check on privatization of education, and also to provide a socially equitable education and inclusion of Dr. Ambedkar’s Panch Teerth in curriculum.
Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi highlighted the importance of inclusive education so that no section of the society is denied good quality education, promote activities of Sadbhavna Mandals started by MoMA to provide skill development programmes, sports & health programmes.
Minister of state for youth welfare and sports Col.Rajyavardhan Rathore desired that fitness and sports should be included in school curriculum. He also suggested optimal use of playgrounds after schools hours as well as the need to emphasise importance of community service and volunteer efforts in students.
What is CABE
A brief presentation for Improving the Quality and Accountability in School Education, Status Reports of four CABE Sub-Committees- ‘Assessment and Implementation of CCE’ ; ‘Extension of the Right of Children to free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 to Pre-School Education and Secondary Education’; ‘Issues and Impediments to Mainstream Out of School Children and Measures to bring them into the fold of Education System’ and “Issues of Girls’ Education” as well as on Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat, Swachh Vidyalaya, Digital Initiatives in School Education & Literacy and Physical Education was made to highlight some of the reforms in the education sector.
Who had participated
The Education Ministers of the States, CABE Members actively participated in the discussions. Education Ministers of 20 States, representatives of 28 States and Union Territories, Members of CABE, heads of autonomous organisations, Vice Chancellors of Universities, and KK Sharma, Secretary, Department of Higher Education and Member Secretary, CABE and Anil Swarup Secretary, Department of School Education & Literacy were present in the meeting along with senior officials of the Central and State Governments.