Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor has stressed the need for integrated education for the comprehensive development of students.
Inaugurating the 49th annual day celebrations of the Kendriya Vidyalaya, Pattom, on Saturday, Dr. Tharoor pointed out that what was being tested in the pen-paper examination was only a snapshot of the intellectual performance of the students at a particular point of time.
Students must gain integrated education for their all-round development and this must include cultural programmes, he said. While teaching the ingredients of the curriculum was important, value education was equally significant, he added.
The Minister said the provisions in the Right to Education Act allowed 25 per cent of the seats in Class One to children who belong to the underprivileged and economically backward sections of society.
This provision of the Act would go a long way in bringing into the educational mainstream children from the underprivileged sections of society.
The Kendriya Vidyalaya Sanghatan (KVS) too has been playing a major role in ensuring quality education for children from all strata of society, he said.
K. Muralidharan, MLA; B.S. Valsala Nair, Principal, Kendriya Vidyalaya, Pattom; Sreenath Shastri, Assistant General Manager, State Bank of India (SBI); and Murukesan, Corporation ward councillor, also addressed the gathering.