Public views will be an essential part of new education policy: Smriti Irani


New Delhi: Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani on Friday said the new education policy would have views from the people and their voices will be articulated in the new policy when she was attending the Hindustan Times leadership summit here.

We have ensured that we have people’s views articulated in the new education policy. We have sought views from the people. We want people in villages to say what they want their kids to be taught. A policy just remains a policy till it percolates to the ground,

Students of government schools, including Kendriya Vidyalayas and Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas, perform better than the private schools, Irani said.

The government is working on the quality of education in all the schools across the country. In fact, over the years the students of Kendriya Vidyalaya and Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya have performed better than the students of private schools, she said.

“We need to improve the quality of education in private schools like the government schools,” she added.

Irani also said her ministry was working with the state education departments on several ways to improve the performance of the children in the schools.

Teachers should be judged by the performance of their students. The central government is working with the states on this,

Talking about various policies to improve the education in the country, Irani said the government was emphasizing on the quality of education for disabled children.

We have given new learning material to over 2,75,000 teachers to address children with disability. We have waived off the fees for them in all the major institutions such as Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), she said.

Irani said: “IITs are centers of excellence, doing work silently that do not make it to headlines across the world.”

Indian institutes carry out research in regional languages, which global rankings don’t recognize.

“The global ranking was necessary for perception, but the uniqueness of Indian institutions not reflected. Our IITs are centers of excellence, doing work that doesn’t make it to headlines across the world,” Irani said.

(Inputs from IANS)