Experts call for consistency in educational policies

Education is where we make an impact over the next 20-30 years, says T.K. Kurien.

KOCHI: A consistent set of educational policies should be created irrespective of the political parties that assume power and they must stick to it, Mr T.K. Kurien, managing partner and chief investment officer, Premji Invest, said here on Friday.
"Education is where you make an impact over the next 20-30 years, and to that extent, policies need to remain consistent," he said while taking part in a panel discussion on 'The Digital Future of Education and Skills' at the two-day Global Digital Summit #FUTURE.

Commenting on the skills, Mr Kurien said: "Focus on the teacher, who is the link between the student and learning. The teacher can make the subject exciting and boring. If the teacher does not learn, the student is never going to learn. Today there are enough technology tools to learn for doing this. There are even tools available today that can help the mind learn faster," he said. Mr V.K. Mathews, member, High-Power IT Committee (HPIC), said that instead of a new set of educational policies, Kerala needs a digital education strategy revolving around elements like more academic autonomy and digitally-enabled campuses.

"Looking forward, Kerala's digital education strategy needs to encompass three elements. Firstly, a digitally-enabled student and teacher fraternity should be formed. Our campuses and universities should be digitally-enabled. It is an area where we are way behind. Secondly, more academic autonomy should be provided to the universities to allow them to respond on the spot commensurate to the changes taking place. Thirdly, the purpose of schooling has to be learning and not testing," he said.

Mr Thenkurussi Kesavadas, director, Health Care Engineering Systems Centre, University of Illinois, said, "the system that we follow in India is purely based on marks and it actually creates a big problem for students. In the US, we do get credits for things we do outside the school and they encourage creativity. Here, the entire focus of a high school student is to score very high marks to qualify for entrance or other courses," he said.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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