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Imperative to increase the share of GDP spent on education: Secretary, School Education and Literacy, Govt of India

Dec 10, 2022

  • It is time when we must start looking and capitalizing on the NEP

NEW DELHI, 10 December 2022: Mr Sanjay Kumar, Secretary, School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Education, Govt of India today said that the NEP 2020 (New Education Policy) envisages that we should be spending at least 6 per cent of our GDP in education. "Currently we are spending only 4.6 per cent of our GDP on education. It is imperative that while the economy is growing, we need to invest more on education," he emphasized.

Addressing the '5th FICCI ARISE School Education Conference 2022', Mr Kumar while highlighting the role of technology in the education system said that we are at a new cusp today. "We are moving away from the book-based education system and technology is playing a key role in it," he added.

He further stated that liberal arts need to regain its ground and the industry, academia must work towards it. "Let us reimagine our system before we reboot," said Mr Kumar.

The secretary mentioned that there are around 260 million students from class 1 to 12 in India who are going to 1.48 million schools including 1.05 million government schools. There are around 9.6 million teachers who are part of these schools, so their trainings and infrastructure should also be addressed. The government, he said is committed in providing necessary support to the sector. "This is the time when we must start looking and capitalizing on the NEP," asserted Mr Kumar.

Highlighting the importance of the New Education Policy 2020, Mr Kumar said that the NEP 2020 encapsulates the DNA of the society and how a society has to develop and build itself around education is envisaged in it. The NEP also put its focus on foundational literacy and numeracy and the policy looks at children till the age of 8.

Mr Subhrakant Panda, President-Elect, FICCI & Managing Director, Indian Metals & Ferro Alloys Ltd said that it is important to have the ability to learn, unlearn and re-learn at every stage of life. "FICCI will be happy to collaborate with the government in working towards developing an effective implementation framework of the National Education Policy," he added.

Mr Shishir Jaipuria, Chairperson, FICCI ARISE & Chairman, Seth Anandram Jaipuria Group of Institutions said that school education has played a pivotal role with respect to research-based policy advocacy.

Mr Praveen Raju, Co-Chair, FICCI ARISE & Founder, Suchitra Academy also shared his perspective on the school education.

  • 3 Knowledge Reports 'FICCI ARISE- EY Parthenon School Quality Assessment and Accreditation (SQAA) Framework; FICCI ARISE - EY Parthenon Report on 'K-12 Education in India: Vision 2047' & FICCI ARISE Report on 'School Safety and Child Protection were released during the event.
  • FICCI ARISE Excellence Awards were announced during the event along with the launch of FICCI ARISE mobile app.

Highlights of the reports:

 REPORTS LINK:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1idsOHIEDMTv1Nxwgz5Y2busCRUSeAQ80?usp=share_link

 1. FICCI ARISE- EY Parthenon School Quality Assessment and Accreditation (SQAA) Framework

FICCI ARISE in collaboration with EY-Parthenon has prepared School Quality Assessment and Accreditation Framework for holistic evaluation of schools on a comprehensive set of metrics which is a combination of both input and output-based criterion and is in sync with both Indian (CBSE, NABET) and Global Standards (IB, NEASC, CIS etc.).

2. FICCI ARISE - EY Parthenon Report on 'K-12 Education in India: Vision 2047'

The FICCI ARISE-EY Parthenon knowledge report 'K-12 Education in India: Vision 2047,' while attempting to address the key structural and implementation challenges of school education, has also looked at opportunities and suggested recommendations that would create an equitable, inclusive, and a globally competitive K-12 education system. The report has further reaffirmed student centricity, Robust Infrastructure, Teacher Quality and Professional Development, and Governance and Investment Framework to radically transform the future landscape of Indian K-12 education system.

3. FICCI ARISE Report on 'School Safety and Child Protection

FICCI ARISE after practical review of the Ministry of Education Child Protection guidelines, together with NCPCR and NDMA reports  has come out with FICCI ARISE School Safety and Child Protection Manual  that entails the following:

  • Comprehensive Child Safety Guidelines that states can prescribe
  • Draft Child Protection Policy that schools can adopt - covering POCSO, POSH, JJA etc
  • Safety Checklist that schools can fill periodically
  • Compliance mechanism

 

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