Give up `Chalta hai` attitude, Sibal tells states

Last Updated: Thursday, July 30, 2009 - 19:17

New Delhi: Give up the `Chalta hai`
(laidback) attitude. This was the word of advice Human Resources Development Minister Kapil Sibal had for the state governments today in the common pursuit to improve quality of education.

The advice by Sibal--who got the HRD portfolio in the
UPA government`s second term two months back--came while
addressing a conference of secretaries of school education and
literacy here.

Asking the states to give up their "laid-back" approach
to improve the quality of education, he said the government
wants all state boards to achieve uniform level of excellence.

Referring to the quality of teachers, Sibal said this has
been an area of concern for the government.

The Right To Education Bill envisages that teachers will
have to receive a certain degree in five years time.

"The states should not take five years for this.
Chalta hay (laidback) attitude should go. You must target to
do it in one or two years," he said.

Targeting the states on another issue, Sibal said the
government`s initiatives are not being properly implemented at
the ground level because of lack of proper monitoring.

The monitoring mechanism could be improved by true
partnership between the states and the Centre, he said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, July 30, 2009 - 19:17

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