An expert panel recommended to the Kerala government to upgrade the professional qualification of teachers and bring the school education sector under a single directorate.
The committee, headed by M A Khader, entrusted with the task of studying of the redesigning of the school education sector, handed over the report to chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan at his office here.
The present Directorate of Public Instructions and Higher Secondary and Vocational Higher Secondary Directorates should be conjoined to form a single directorate to control and coordinate the affairs of the education sector, the panel said.
To improve the standard of education, teachers should be professionals and their qualification be upgraded, it said.
Pre-schooling facility should be provided for children from the age of three till they join schools, it said adding that the government should form a pre-schooling policy.
That scientific training in arts and sports should be provided to students from class 5 to class 12 was also among the slew of recommendations, an official statement said here.
Besides Khader, the other panelists – G Jyothichooda and C Ramakrishnan, education minister C Raveendranath and education department secretary A Shajahan – were also present when the report was submitted to the Chief Minister, it said.