ANDHRA PRADESH

Caution against knowledge-based inequality

WARANGAL, NOV. 29. K.C.Reddy, chairman of the Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education, cautioned against knowledge-based inequality, which could influence the social and economic factors of society. Participating as chief guest at a seminar on "Some issues and concerns of teacher education" at Kakatiya University here on Monday, Prof. Reddy advised the teachers to come out with alternative systems of education that would counter knowledge-basinequalities. Favouring an overhaul of the curriculum at the higher education level, Prof Reddy stressed the need for a liberal curriculum at the undergraduate level to minimise the colonial impact on education that still prevailed in the country.

Key role for teachers

"The teachers can play an effective role in emerging society by formulating competent alternative schemes that would help the students keep themselves abreast with the changing dynamics of society,'' he pointed out. Former Vice-Chancellor of Osmania University, M Malla Reddy, said fundamental subjects such as philosophy, sociology and psychology should be given due preference in the curriculum though it had become mandatory to include current topics like environmental science and awareness on AIDS. The vice-chairman of the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE), S K Thakur, wanted the teachers to prevent the education system from decay by incorporating the latest advancements. Kakatiya University Vice-Chancellor, V Gopal Reddy, presided over the seminar.

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