Staff Reporter

Gains made by State are gradually being lost, says Baby

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Reforms in the curricular framework will form the foundation of the multi-faceted reforms that are needed today in the State's education system, Minister for Education M.A. Baby said on Friday.

He was speaking at the inauguration of a workshop on curriculum reform organised at the State Council for Educational Research and Training (SCERT) here.

The gains made by the State in the education sector over the years are being gradually lost. When compared to other States, Kerala is not even doing well in areas where it can excel. The education community has to work hard to regain quality in the education sector.

Curricular reform is a continuous process. The curricular framework should be periodically reformed as should be the contents of the curriculum. For this, building up teacher-awareness is very critical, Mr. Baby said.

Other structural problems in the State's education sector also need urgent attention. For instance, the question whether the Plus Two system has been fully integrated into the general education stream needs to be discussed in detail.

The State has managed to drastically reduce the rate of school dropouts; among the States, the dropout rate has come down the most in Kerala, he said.

Planning Board member C.P. Narayanan and MLA V. Sivankutty were present.