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In a move to forward the suggestions of parents and students on 'Natioanl Education Policy' Maharashtra government has recently invited suggestion from parents, academicians and teachers on education policies by November 23 online.
Maharashtra government in its 44 page report on the draft of National New Education Policy has recommended a tag-line of "100 per cent students in schools learning for eight hours a day."
The School Education and Sports Ministry headed by Vinod Tawde invited the suggestions, and the poses 73 questions which are based on 14 themes that have been culled out from discussions right from village, tehsil, district up to state level.
The state government supports the National New Education Policy statement of One Nation One Curriculum, free and compulsory education till secondary and flexibility in syllabus.
On the contentious issue of No Detention Policy (not failing students till Std VIIIth), the report elaborate that the policy needs to be linked with well-defined learning outcomes and remedial teaching. The report also advocates the need for introduction of biometric attendance system and remote monitoring devices for teachers.
It also advocates the promotion of the Public Private Partnership (PPP) model and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) support for increasing number of schools and strengthening school infrastructure. It calls for access to secondary education, face to face, Distance Education, ICT based education.
Some of the 73 questions put across for inviting public response include - "why do our school children not seem to acquire age-appropriate skills in reading, writing and numeracy? Assess the reasons in detail. Do the teachers have a lack of command over the language? Is the teaching method traditional and not adapting to new age requirements? Are trained teachers are not available especially for Semi-English. Text-book oriented teaching is done instead of curriculum. In Maths, numerical skills are to be practiced a lot."