Sibal "disappointed" with teachers` training instt
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Last Updated: Tuesday, August 18, 2009, 17:53
Panchkula (Haryana): The Union HRD Ministry is "disappointed" with institutes across the country providing training to teachers and is considering a re-look at these institutions.

"I am disappointed with the institutes providing training to teachers...we need to have a re-look at them," HRD Minister Kapil Sibal told reporters here today after having discussions with parents, students, teachers, academicians and CBSE stakeholders on examination reforms.

Stressing on improving education system and reducing margin of error, he said there is a strong need to have quality teachers for the empowerment of children.

"All teachers will have to obtain required qualifications as per National Curriculum Framework within the next five years or else will have to do away with their profession," the Minister said sending a strong signal to the teaching community.

Besides, schools in the country need to have the infrastructure to meet the benchmark set up by the ministry, he said.

"It is for the different state governments to identify teachers lacking in required qualifications and schools without basic infrastructure," he said adding that the Centre will act strongly on the issue of qualification of teachers and infrastructure.

On the issue of reforms initiated by him, Sibal said "people are always sceptical of any new plan or scheme and change can be brought after dialogue".

"People are with the government on examination reforms," he said adding that the objective of the government was to produce responsible citizens in the country.

"Education is not merely obtaining marks but a concept which prepares for life. It involves social skills to deal with the civil society," he said.

He stressed on preparing children for tomorrow and said they need to be provided choices.

"Yes everybody wants change in examination system...the Centre will talk strongly to education boards of states on bringing reforms in examination system," he said.

Stressing on quality education, he said there was enormous talent in the country.

On the issue of screening for admissions in schools, he said "the screening process should not be exclusive but it should be inclusive."

Sibal said the Centre was "happy" to make the Panjab University at Chandigarh a Central university. He, however, said it has to be decided by Punjab Chief Minister.

He also said the government was looking at Public Private Partnership (PPP) in schools and is committed to providing facilities to differently-abled children, adding there was no question of discrimination in education system in rural and urban areas.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, August 18, 2009, 17:53

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