Centre To Set Up Pre-School Educational Units: Anil Swarup

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Kolkata: Secretary of department of School Education & Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) Anil Swarup said on Monday that the central government would set up pre-school educational units and the NCERT was preparing a curriculum for them.

The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) was coming out with a curriculum in this regard by this year, he told reporters on the sidelines of a session on pre-school policy organised by the ASSOCHAM.

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“There is a preparatory work to be done before a child enters into class one. We are studying how pre-school will work in the government domain. What approach needs to be taken,” Swarup said here.

Anil Swarup further said “private sector is doing a great job and can give us ideas. Personally I believe that good work can be done in both private and public domains.”

With the ‘Samagra Shiksha’ programme launched last month, “we plan to impart holistic education without segmentation from pre-nursery to Class 12,” he said.

Anil Swarup said on Monday that the department will use technology to the hilt to prevent any further leakage of question papers, in Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) or similar examinations.

“My request is that nobody should distort facts, because the moment you do so, the public assumption changes. There is no perfect education system anywhere in the world. We have to understand the limitations of the system and then come up with solutions,” Swarup said.

He cautioned against blindly adopting foreign tenets in the country’s education policy and said that foreign ideas must be customised for Indian conditions.

The MHRD secretary, however, maintained that CBSE is one of the most credible education systems, for which the Supreme Court has assigned the responsibility upon it to conduct the NEET examinations. It may be mentioned that the ministry has been in the eye of the storm over the leakage of class X Mathematics and class XII Economics question papers of CBSE examinations held in March.

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