Education Minister is planning to set up “PM Shri School”
Reported By: Priyanka Chakraborty, Intern
The Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Thursday said the Centre is planning to set up “PM Shri Schools.” The target is to prepare students for the future and build a laboratory for the new National Education Policy (NEP). While addressing the two-day National Education Minister’s Conference in Gujarat, the education minister said, “school education is the foundation on which India will become a knowledge-based economy and the National Education Policy (NEP) is a knowledge document that aims to promote all-round development and make education accessible to everyone. We are in the process of establishing ‘PM Shri schools’ which will be fully equipped to prepare students for the future.”
The education minister said the 5 3 3 4 approach of the NEP covering pre-school to secondary school, emphasis on Early Childhood Care and Education Programme (ECCE), teacher training and adult education, integration of skill development with school education and prioritising learning in the mother tongue are steps for preparing global citizens of the 21st century. “The next 25 years are crucial to establish India as a knowledge economy that is committed to global welfare. We all have to collaboratively work together, learn from each other’s experiences and successes to make learning more vibrant and take India to greater heights.” He also expressed his interest by encouraging education ministers of all states and Union Territories and also, he asked them to seek active participation from all stakeholders for developing our National Curriculum Framework as well as developing quality e-content for expanding the reach of digital education and for universalising education.
The Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan launched by former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 2001, Samagra Shiksha and other reforms have positively impacted education. Pradhan said, “As we prepare for the opportunities and challenges of the 21st century, we must leverage technology to strengthen our education and skilling ecosystem.”