Primary and Secondary Education Minister Vishweshwara Hegde Kageri on Monday made a strong plea to replace the existing education system, which, he said, was a legacy left behind by the British, with an education system that reflected Indian tradition, culture and ethos.
He was speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the Sri Sathya Sai Vidya Niketan of the Sri Sathya Sai Saraswathi Education Trust here.
Mr. Kageri said that despite stiff opposition from many quarters, the State government had brought in changes to streamline the education system.
“We have introduced yoga and ‘dhyana’ compulsorily as part of physical education in all schools. These are some of the small yet significant changes introduced to help children,” he said.
‘Learn a lesson’
Mr. Kageri praised the contribution of private educational institutions in imparting quality education in the State.
He said that government schools could learn a lesson or two from private institutions such as the Sri Sathya Sai Loka Institutions at Alike and Muddenahalli.
However, there has been a qualitative change in government schools of late, in the quality of education imparted and the improved infrastructure facilities available to students in government schools. He advised students to excel in their studies so as to meet the challenges of the future.
Mr. Kageri assured the institution’s management that the State would help develop the Sri Sathya Sai Vidya Niketan into a world-class school.