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Thursday, September 18, 2014


( Respected Shobhana Nair is an authority on Education. She was the only woman Principal of the Hyderabad Public Schools in its 86 years of existence. She was the Head of Education Projects for Aditya Birla Group of Schools. A great Scholar and an esteemed writer Ms.Nair has allowed us to publish a small but an authoritative essay on Education Systems in India . Our thanks to Ms.Nair)

This was published in the Times of India, Bangalore edition on March 10, 2008.
Education systems in India have seen a paradigm shift in recent times. Tradition that began with the Gurukul system has now exploded into the Open School system and Distance Education learning programmes where the Guru or Teacher-Guide is on remote control.

In this scenario, the number of education boards prevalent in the country or the number of international curriculum in India becomes irrelevant. Uniformity in education, paradoxically, is essential since India is such a vast country with diverse languages and dialects.
The focus needs to be, primarily, not on which Board of Education a child is integrated into but whether an all round development of the personality is taking place.

A unified education system could assist children whose parents have to do frequent relocations officially. Syllabus need to be constantly upgraded. This will need to be benchmarked against world practices. The maxim, “I hear, I forget; I see, I remember; I do, I understand” is so true.

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