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Premji seeks govt role to transform school education

Wipro Chairman Azim Premji has sought government intervention to transform school education in the country.

Written by Express News Service | Bangalore | Published: October 3, 2013 4:02 am

Wipro Chairman Azim Premji has sought government intervention to transform school education in the country.

“With the basic goal of improving the public schooling system,we have worked for over 12 years in collaboration with various state governments. It has been a long journey and much slower than anticipated,” he said Tuesday night at the first convocation of the Azim Premji University.

“The majority of our children can have a more equitable chance in improving their lives only if the government schooling system improves,” Premji said.

The not-for-profit Azim Premji Foundation has since 2001 been focused on improving the quality of education in India. It has been working with schools,especially in rural areas,to better teaching,teaching aids and curriculum and has touched over 25,000 schools and 2.5 million children.

“These 12 years have taught us transforming education is complex. Given the diversity of our country,compounded by issues of socio

economic deprivation and on-ground realities,it is going to be a slow & arduous process,’’ Premji said.

“Governments across the country need to do a lot more. They need to invest more in school education,in teacher education and higher education. They also need to reform governance of related systems,’’ he said.

More people from the civil society must engage in improving the government school system,Premji said.

Premji Foundation has also realised there is a dearth of quality higher education institutions to prepare people to work in the education and social sectors. “There are too few institutions engaged in these critical tasks,” Premji said.

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