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“A well educated and productive population is crucial for the country’s vision of becoming a vibrant and knowledge based economy,”reads the quote by Sunhw Lee in today’s #indianexpress paper. Agreed #humancapital is the key to developing the future, an article well documented by Dilip Thakore in EducationWorld India’s recent magazine. Which brings to the emergence of what the private-sector calls #eminenceschools and public-sector is calling as #exemplarschools.

‘Exemplar schools’ will lead the way for the 1800 odd is the road map. Challenge, as with every policy is in the execution and the worry again is that is there enough of #teachereducation, #teachertraining and #schoolsudits to ensure this does not become another grab the headlines kind of situation, and funds deployed dont reach that child who is in dire need? Sad reality is that many States continue to be in lockdown mode and not because of the new variant .

Being the optimist that I am, I welcome loan deployment but shouldn’t the budget that gets declared every year not consciously factor in increasing its mere 6 percent number?

If we truly are to build the future of this great nation, #privateschools will play a major role and encouraging more experienced professionals to set up quality and well governed #schools needs to become a more policy decision with amendments in our largely misinterpreted current #laws.

Hmmm …. And then there is talk of ‘complete K-12 online schooling’ for all students willing to avail of this. Really? Does that mean reduced fee, and schools devoid of #physicaltime? Or then promises made to parents about #tutoring kids to get them ready for entrance exams only as has been widely advertised. And learning then only for #exams??

Variants in the education world in #india?

We cannot have a generic view of the world of education in India is something I have been saying, and every family finds their happiness through these models available (it is matter of their own family situation, aspirations, cost of fees etc). However cleary not at the cost of a child’s learning. The kind that #drabdulkalam saheb spoke of. And that must include #play. Think closely #educators and #parents when you consider the ‘new educational variants’ as I like to call them before you blindly endorse them.

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Fatema Agarkar

Founder, Agarkar Centre of Excellence Veteran of 3 educational start-ups – is now a Founder of Agarkar Centre of Excellence, Fatema’s passion for teaching-learning and children defines the different roles she has crafted – as an edupreneur, educator and mentor.

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