Central Board of Secondary Education
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has said
that it is now open to public-private partnerships in affiliated schools,
not just in infrastructure but in other aspects of providing quality
education to its students, including curriculum, assessment, training
teachers and classroom technologies.
Education officer of the CBSE, Dr Sadhana Parashar, who played an active
role in evolving the recently announced examination reforms and continuous
comprehensive evaluation, said, "Curriculum reform began 10 years ago, but
it took a long time to implement it. We are now looking at assessment in a
holistic manner. The government will look at public-private partnerships in
areas besides infrastructure. The CBSE is open to such partnerships for
supportive holding in areas such as curriculum, support material and
assessment. The modalities will have to be worked out before it is taken as
a policy decision." She was speaking at a conference focused on improving
the quality of school education in the country, organised by social
enterprise, iDiscoveri Education.
Speakers at the conference came up with suggestions to build quality in
schools. James Tooley, professor of education policy at Newcastle
University, who has researched private education for the poor in India,
spoke of "deregulation of high quality schools of tomorrow that India of the
lower-middle class and the lower class can access". Speakers called for
higher private participation for innovative practices to seep through.
The key speaker, renowned psychologist Dr Howard Gardner, who propounded the
theory of multiple intelligences, spoke about the schools of tomorrow.
Professor Gardner said that while there could be no one ideal school of
tomorrow, an ideal situation would be where each child had his or her own
school, own material, own objectives and own ways of achieving them. He
said, "In future, schools will probably not exist as a standalone entity.
There will be less of a boundary between the home, school and community,
with focus on individual education."