Prakash Javadekar asks schools to collect funds from alumni

NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 18: Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar has asked schools for taking monetary support from their alumni rather than relying on the government. Addressing an event at the Jnana Prabodhini School, Pune, the Union Minister said it’s the responsibility of the alumni to provide financial assistance to their school and colleges.

“Some schools come to the government with a begging bowl asking for funds. They can easily ask their alumni for help. It is the duty of the alumni to contribute to their school, their college and this attitude of ‘give it back’ should be cultivated by schools,” the Minister said.

The minister took Jnana Prabodhini as an example, where  several former students contribute towards the school. “Many students, as a reward to their schools, happily contribute in the development of the school… former students of Jnana Prabodhini are still associated with the school and help to sustain and maintain the school,” the HRD Minister said.

National Assessment Survey for assessing students

In another announcement, Javadekar said that the National Assessment Survey started last year for evaluating students in Class III, V, VIII and X. To make them aware about the state of affairs in their constituency, the Ministry has also shared a district-wise document with local MPs.

Stressing on the need for digital learning, the Union Minister said that earlier, students were completely dependent on schools for gaining knowledge, due to the absence of e-learning or digital resources.

Ministry to cut the curriculum by half

To ensure a student-friendly curriculum, the HRD Ministry plans to reduce the school syllabus by 50 per cent. Javedekar stressed that a good curriculum should be framed by the schools, where the emphasis should be on promoting extra-curricular activities.

He has also announced that the Ministry will take measures to fix issues affecting schools, along with improving the infrastructure and education quality as well.

Re-introduction of exams in classes V and VIII

The Union Minister also talked about the latest amendments in the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009. According to the recent changes, students have to take exams in classed V and VIII and those who fail would get a second chance. The government has also re-introduced the detention system.