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Talks for a clear education policy needed: Viswom

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Teachers told to oppose unhealthy practices in the sector

FOR VALUE EDUCATION:The former Minister Benoy Viswom inaugurating an education meet as part of the 16th All-Kerala School Teachers Union State conference in Kanhangad on Saturday. 
FOR VALUE EDUCATION:The former Minister Benoy Viswom inaugurating an education meet as part of the 16th All-Kerala School Teachers Union State conference in Kanhangad on Saturday. 

Expressing concern at the challenges the education sector is facing, Communist Party of India (CPI) leader Benoy Viswom has called upon political parties, teachers, and students’ bodies to deliberate the issues threadbare to formulate a clear education policy for the State.

The education sector is facing complex issues as a fallout of the rapid strides in information technology and disturbing tendencies influenced by neo-liberal economic policies, which has resulted in a steady decline in value education.

Teachers and students’ bodies should address the issue through right intervention and act as a catalyst to correct the policymakers in the sector, he said. Mr. Viswom was inaugurating an education meet held as part of the 16th All Kerala School Teachers Union (AKSTU) State conference that concluded here on Saturday.

He said the teachers should equip and update themselves to meet the challenges thrown by the information explosion, thanks to the emergence of an information-driven society.

At the same time, the education sector had increasingly come under the neo-liberal economic policies, where by the thrust given earlier to the public education sector had started waning and a new curriculum had started replacing the age-old valued-based education.

The teaching community should strive to uphold their social commitment by opposing the unhealthy practices in the education sector, he said, exhorting the political parties to join hands with the students and the teachers to go for a threadbare deliberation on the challenges and issues faced by the sector.

Office-bearers

The meet re-elected N. Sreekumar as State president and P.K. Krishnadas as general secretary. R. Sharadchandran Nair is the new treasurer. A 52-member State committee was also elected.

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