Education minister Manish Sisodia on Sunday said the Delhi government is striving to make school syllabi lively and turn learning into a “festival”. He said a change has to be brought about not only in the education system but in the education culture.
“Our classrooms are past-oriented. We glorify our past. We believe it is wrong to question the past. We don’t make our classrooms future-centric. We respect Newton, Einstein, Aryabhatta, but this respect should be in laboratories and books. In classrooms, children should question Newton. De diya Bharat ne zero, ab aage kya karein. Achaar dalna hai uska (India gave the world the number ‘zero’, but we want children to think of what to ask what next, what do we do with it now),” said Sisodia, during an event to felicitate meritorious school teachers at the Delhi Secretariat on Sunday.
Encouraging dialogue among various arms of the education machinery in Delhi, Sisodia said, “Many classrooms around the world do not dwell on the past. The past has its own importance. But if we only glorify our past, we will be at a loss when some other nations use the ‘zero’ given to the world by India and produce Einsteins and Newtons, or rule the world with creations like Twitter and Facebook.”
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A day after he announced a 25 per cent reduction in school syllabi from classes I to VIII, Sisodia also said, “We are working towards making school a child’s favourite place to be, and learning in a classroom their favourite thing to do.”
He said the government will also work towards bringing about a similar reduction in school syllabus form classes IX to XII as well.
“We have to know which part of the syllabus is redundant. We are teaching in an age of Google. Is mugging up physics, history or any other subject relevant anymore? Review every chapter in the syllabus and then decide which one can be skipped. There is a lot of enthusiasm among people over this proposal. Later, we will also speak to the CBSE and complete all formalities with the Centre,” said the minister.
CM stresses on role of teachers
Emphasising on the role of teachers in nation building, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said, “I was reading a book about the education system in ancient and medieval India this morning. In the old days, teaching was the most respected profession and the place that a teacher had in our culture and society was very important. Angrezon aakar is poore system ko gadbad kar diya. (The British ruined this system) We should establish an education system where 80 per cent of children say they want to grow up to be teachers.”