Express press service
CHENNAI: Nearly two months after forming a committee of experts, led by retired Justice D Murugesan, to formulate the state education policy (SEP), the state government has issued terms point of reference for the committee, asking it to chart a holistic policy within a year keeping in mind the educational needs and the future of the youth of Tamil Nadu.
The state government opposes the National Education Policy (NEP) made by the Union government and aims to counter it through the SEP.
According to the terms of reference released Wednesday by the secretary of the school education department, Kakarla Usha, “the committee is expected to gather input from educators and subject matter experts and suggest reforms aimed at developing modern and focused curriculum frameworks. on technology for early childhood care and education, school education, college education, teacher training (school and higher education institutions) and adult education in an integrated manner, in line with the rapidly changing global education and employment landscape.”
The DMK-led state government aims to make the SEP a comprehensive document that brings educational reforms, ensures accessibility of education for all and secures employment.
“The SEP should be drafted keeping in mind the roots of Tamil Nadu”
The 13-member panel must submit its final report within one year from the date of its constitution after consultation with all stakeholders. While some educators and activists felt that developing a holistic SEP would be difficult, others felt the panel should release the report in stages to counter the NEP.
“The SEP should be drafted keeping in mind the roots of Tamil Nadu and the demands of the international labor market. We should prepare our children for the future, and the policy should be a one-stop solution to all problems related to education. The NEP is silent on how to provide education in a pandemic-like situation. I hope that the SEP will have an answer to all these issues,” said education consultant Dr Nedunchezhian.
Secretary General of the State Platform for Common School System, Prince Gajendra Babu, said the NEP was being pushed aggressively by the Center and it would be too late if the SEP came out after a year. “I think the expert group should publish a preliminary report within a few months to narrow down the implementation of NEP, and then publish an interim report and a final report,” he said.
According to the GO, the panel should also suggest ways to improve access, equity and quality of education by addressing issues related to the implementation of policies on the ground, in particular with regard to learning outcomes and professional skills.
The GO said he should suggest reforms in the recruitment and training of teachers/assistant teachers and ensure their accountability. It will also suggest ways to integrate life skills, soft skills, creative skills, language skills and social justice values into education.
The committee was also asked to recommend a mechanism to ensure that all students attending school enroll in a higher education stream such as polytechnic, vocational, conventional or vocational courses. In addition, it should also suggest ways to improve the quality of research in higher education institutions (HEIs) and to tap into the resources of funding agencies.
The committee is authorized to form a sub-committee when drafting the PES. According to the GO, the Director of Schools of Registration is the member secretary of the committee and is authorized to call meetings when needed.