September 1, 2009 4:26:58 am
The Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) Monday approved a string of HRD Minister Kapil Sibals reforms in educationdevelopment of a Core Curriculum for Science & Mathematics for all school boards,grading system in CBSE schools from current year,optional Class X exams from next academic session,an independent policy making body for higher education and proposed legislations to check malpractices in institutes of higher education.
The CABE also approved the plans to set up national and state levels tribunals to adjudicate over disputes between students and institutes,policy to attract fresh talent to institutes,semester systems in universities and attempts to build consensus on the creation of a Central Madrasa Board.
Speaking at the CABE meeting,Sibal said the new overarching policy making authority for higher education would cover all professional and technical courses except agricultural and medical sciences through five regulatory arms.
Putting at rest concerns raised by West Bengal education minister over the ministrys reported plan to outsource mandatory assessment and accreditation in Higher Education to private agencies,Sibal said there was no such plan. The minister also said he had not asked states to make the Class X board exams optional. CBSE will make boards optional for Class X students who continue in the same school in Class XI and go through Comprehensive and Continuous Evaluations (CEE) in the school. CBSE schools will also switch to a grading system instead of marking system in Class X as was announced earlier. This,however,is not something other schools have to follow, Sibal said.
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The implementation of Right to Education Bill which was recently passed by the Parliament was also discussed at the meeting. Sibal asked the states to cooperate in its implementation as Rs 1.5 lakh crore would be required for it in the next five years. We will be short of some Rs 60,000 crore and we need partnerships to help us raise that amount for implementing the Right to Education Bill. We have about Rs 90,000 crore in the 11th Plan and the first three years of the 12th Plan, Sibal said.
Sibal also said that though all disabled children have not been covered under the Bill as of now,the ministry would make necessary changes to ensure that the 30 million such children do not lose out on the benefits of the legislation.
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