The establishment of PM Shri schools is underway; a CIP lab, says Union education minister

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“School education is the foundation of a knowledge-based society and the National Education Policy (NEP) is a knowledge document that aims to promote comprehensive development and make education accessible to all.” These are the words of Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan who was addressing the inaugural session of the 2nd day of the National Conference of School Education Ministers today.

The conference was attended by Chief Minister of Gujarat, Bhupendrabhai Patel; Chief Minister of Goa Pramod Sawant; Union State Ministers for Education and Skills Development, State Government Education Ministers, Chairman of the Steering Committee for Developing a New National Curriculum Framework, K Kasturangan and senior officials from the Department of Education and state governments.

Talks to make India a knowledge economy

The Union Education Minister reiterated that as we are in the era of Amrit Kaal, the next 25 years are crucial in establishing India as a knowledge economy that is committed to the global well-being. Harnessing technology remained a key talking point as it is obviously one of the important aspects of strengthening the education and skills ecosystem. On the first day of the conference, the Union Minister of Education visited Vidya Samiksha Kendra (VSK) in Gandhinagar, where he got an insight into the dimension of technology-enabled learning in the 54 273 Gujarat Schools and the Futuristic Education Systems of the 21st Century.

The Minister highlighted the 5 + 3 + 3 + 4 approach of the NEP covering preschool to secondary, the emphasis on ECCE, teacher training and adult education, the integration of skills development in school education and the prioritization of learning in the mother tongue which are steps to prepare citizens for the 21st century.

Establishment of PM Shri schools

During the session, the Minister of Education also informed that the government is in the process of establishing PM Shri schools. With this in mind, these schools will be fully equipped to prepare students for the future. “These state-of-the-art schools will be the laboratory for NEP 2020,” said the Minister of Education. He solicited suggestions and feedback from all of our States/UTs and the entire education ecosystem to create a futuristic benchmark in the form of PM Shri Schools.

Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel expressed his belief that this two-day conference held in Gujarat under the leadership of Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav of education ministers and scholars from across the country will more effectively enhance the education sector.

Comprehensive Apprenticeship Recovery Plan

Secretary, School Education – Anita Karwal, in her opening remarks, informed that a comprehensive Learning Recovery Plan (LRP) has been prepared which outlines the action to be taken by each stakeholder, the indicative annual timetable of activities , existing interventions that can be used and others financial support as a one-off measure.

  • Learning Enhancement Program (LEP) for all students.
  • Teacher Resource Kit (TRP)
  • Oral Reading Fluency (ORF) Study
  • Information and Communication Technology Facility to Block Resource Centers: ICT Facilities at BRC
  • Strengthening cluster resource centers – Support for mobility at CRCs

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