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Education system needs changes: Rohidekar

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BANGALORE, NOV. 21. The educationist, S.R. Rohidekar, has called for a qualitative and perspective change in the education system.

Prof. Rohidekar was speaking at the `Maneyangaladalli Maatukathe,' a monthly programme organised by the Department of Kannada and Culture, here Saturday.

Mere gathering of information and preparing students for examination could never be termed as complete education. The objective of education was to develop value-based intellectual competence and discerning abilities underlined by philosophical and scientific outlooks, he felt.

Referring to the role of textbooks, teaching methods, and the responsibilities of teachers and students in making the learning process meaningful, he said that the "guide culture" and `Kaun Banega Crorepati' kind of quiz orientation were detrimental to education.

Only a qualitative and perspective shift in the curricula and teaching methods could help fulfil the genuine task of education, he explained.

Love for Kannada

On the issue of love for Kannada language, he said that polemics over the supremacy of the language or observing "urulu seve and pelting stones" in its name would neither help individual growth nor development of the language.

It should be realised that Kannada could never be successful as the administrative language of the State unless the officials concerned at the Secretariat were taught basic Kannada, he said.

`Disappointing'

The contribution of persons who held important posts such as the Minister of Kannada and Culture and in the Kannada Development Authority was disappointing.

If the Government were to heed his suggestion he would come out with a curricula for teaching Kannada to the officials at the Secretariat, he said.

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