School Education

The primary role of education is to equip people with the right knowledge, skills, values and attitude to enable them to become active participants in transformation of society and live in harmony with each other. Education empowers people to lead a free and better quality of life.

Over last few years, impressive gains in access to education with near universal enrolment at the primary level have been made. This has largely been possible because of Government’s initiatives such as mid-day meal and Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan. One of the world’s largest Mid-Day Meal program provides more than 100 million children school meals daily which has helped increase enrollments.

Young minds are India’s most prized and valued assets, and CII believes that both government and private sector institutions must frequently share best practices, find newer ways to shape young impressionable minds and improve learning outcomes.

As poor learning outcomes have emerged as one of the key areas which require urgent intervention, CII is planning to launch an initiative on improving learning outcomes of school children.

Day-one of the Education Summit that focussed on School Education, saw a rich inaugural session with Mr Sunil Kant Munjal, Chairman, CII Education Council & Chairman, Hero Enterprise; Dr B V R Mohan Reddy, Co-Chairman, CII Education Council & Executive Chairman, Cyient; Dr Shayama Chona, Educationist & President, Tamanna Association; Mr Biswajit Kumar Singh, Commissioner, Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti; Prof. Chandra Bhushan Sharma, Chairman, The National Institute of Open Schooling and Prof Anil D. Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, All India Council for Technical Education as speakers. Mr Mujal remarked that changes due to technology, communication systems, cloud computing are changing the pace of education system. He also emphasised the need to build an education system that focuses on values as ethics and integrity are key issues being faced by the young generation. Mr Biswajit Kumar Singh said that the challenges in education system are quality infrastructure, quality teacher and quality education. He suggested that education from class I-XII should be taken in an integrated and holistic way. Prof Anil D Sahasrabudhe recommended that teaching of concepts should be in an integrated and hands- on manner.

The sessions on day one focussed on topics such as effective policy for quality outcomes; expectations of students and their views on how different types of pedagogy, assessments, technology and life skills affect them; holistic education and child safety; digital pedagogies for 21st century skills and how much students are actually learning. Corporate schools case studies of Bharati Foundation and Shiv Nadar Schools were also presented as role models to be emulated. Apart from these, a workshop on ‘Innovation in Teaching Delivery’ for teachers and counselling session for students were organised parallely, which were widely appreciated.