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Re-imagining Education

Re-imagining Education

The analysis of the implications foreducation of the Union Budget2007-08 by Anit Mukherjee (April 7)is extremely timely and important.There is an urgent need to re-imaginethe educational spectrum. We need toprovide for multiple exit points inthis linear system – after class 8 thereshould be a four-year technical (notvocational, because it has a chequeredhistory) education which enablesstudents to get training (skills) and theconfidence to enter the job market orset themselves up as self-employed technicians. I agree with Anit thatgoing into such a stream should notpreclude moving into graduation if thestudent so desires. After the 10th standard, a similar four-yearprogramme may be provided.

A marker survey (done every few years)needs to be done in every region toassess technical skill requirements. Also,“technical” should include training as aparamedic/para-vet, training in childcareand early childhood education, inhorticulture, agriculture and foodprocessing, as also in specific tradesrelated to mechanical, electrical, electronic, textile and other branches of engineering.

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