Identifying the challenges faced by the teachers, Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia said that freedom of school principals and teachers are circumscribed within the curriculum and syllabus prescribed by the bureaucrats and ministers. He vouches for the freedom and autonomy of teachers so that they can utilised their best methods of teaching and meet the learning standards.
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“Teachers want to know if they are teachers or just instruments to transfer to the children what is prescribed in books by officers, ministers and experts. Principals ask if they are only agents to implement policies that are passed by higher-ups. They both need time and freedom to do quality work. Teachers are becoming slaves to curriculum and to teachers’ diaries and policies,” said the Education Minister at the Central Advisory Board for Education meeting.
“There was a time when teachers had freedom to teach the way they wanted. Now, they are as bound as they were free earlier,” added Sisodia.
- Speaking at the Central Advisory Board for Education (CABE) meeting, Manish Sisodia said, “We have to agree that as a nation, government schools are the ultimate solution for this country’s education needs. Private schools are makeshift arrangements that we have till proper infrastructure is ensured in government schools”
- Although the Education Minister strongly advocated for the scrapping of the no-detention policy at the meeting, he pointed out that the grounds are not properly established to scrap the policy. “I am an advocate of the no-detention policy but as of today, I am against it as we have implemented it without preparing the ground for it. Teachers have not been trained according to the policy, curriculum has remained the same and teaching methods are still the same. We should remove it right now but should note that it has to be brought back in the future,” he said
- The Education Minister also urged the HRD Ministry who attended the meeting on Tuesday to increase the education budget and to change its name into Education Ministry.