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'Bring schools in the centre stage of policy planning'
The first 'FICCI School Education Conference' on the theme 'Towards Effective Delivery of Quality Education' was organized today in New Delhi. The conference debated on the challenges of quality in the current K-12 school system in India which is one of the largest in the world with more than 1.4 million schools and 250+ million students enrolled.
The chief guest, Prof. R Govinda, Vice Chancellor, National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA), while delivering the inaugural speech today emphasised on the need to bring Schools in the centre stage of policy planning, treat them as organisations and enable the teacher educators with appropriate training and capacity building to manage and deliver quality education.

Sushma Berlia, Co-Promoter & President, Apeejay Stya pointed out that capacity building of teachers was imperative in order to move towards good learning outcomes for our children.

Ashish Dhawan, Chairman- FICCI School Education Committee, in his theme presentation, emphasised the need to use of technology for improving teacher education, the need for assessment to measure cognitive and non-cognitive assessment and the opportunity for the private sector to contribute towards quality education.

He also emphasised the need to develop Results Framework Document for each State to measure its achievements and use the data for appropriate policy interventions. He also stated the need to integrate private sector good management and educational practices in the mainstream through public private partnerships.

A Didar Singh, Secretary General, FICCI, said that in order to contribute to the growth of the school education and influence policy, there is a need for paradigm shift in the mind set and treat education sector like any business sector to make it efficient, effective and result oriented.

Prabhat Jain, Co-Chair, FICCI School Education Committee, in his concluding remarks, emphasised that education is a business where value needs to be created first unlike other businesses. He emphasized that the government and private sector must work together for the delivery of education.

On the occasion, three reports were released on education namely, FICCI - CSF Report on Guidelines for Designing and Implementing Large Scale Learner Assessments; FICCI - EY Knowledge Paper on Strengthening Private Sector Contribution to School Education and FICCI - CSF Report on Public Private Partnerships in Education.

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