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KOCHI: Minister for Human Resources Development and Information Technology Kapil Sibal said here on Sunday that the Union government was contemplating comprehensive measures to end government interference in school education, and would make Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) a statutory body so that a certificate issued by the Board would be enough for managements to launch and run schools.
The Minister said that the Right to Education Act would be suitably amended to achieve this and also to restrict the management committees in government-aided schools run by minority communities to advisory roles.
He made these announcements during a function here to hand over the keys of the new laboratory and library buildings for the HMT School constructed with the money raised by the students of the Rajagiri Public School, Kalamassery, through their ‘I-Share' initiative.
He said that access to information had changed vastly, and our education system needed to undergo drastic changes. Efforts to introduce a new culture of education was evident in the move by CBSE to drop its term examination system in favour of a continuous and comprehensive evaluation programme, though this would entail more work for the teachers, he said.
Later, interacting with the students, the Minister said that he wanted an end to the system of loading children with homework, which they, in turn, “outsourced” to their parents.
Mr. Sibal pointed to the vast mass of underprivileged people, especially the young, in the country who needed access to education.
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