A case for better educational inputs

NEW DELHI, FEB. 26. The three-day international conference on "Curriculum Related Issues for Quality of School Education'' organised by the National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) here in collaboration with the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) has ended with a call to educational policy makers, planners and other stakeholders to give due attention to the quality of inputs like infrastructure, teachers, teaching-learning materials, processes and assessment procedures. The conference was aimed at exploring whether teaching-learning materials, especially textbooks, could go beyond the requirement of prescribed examinations and address the broader objectives of education.

Speaking at the conference, the NIEPA director, B.P. Khandelwal, emphasised the importance of coordination among developing countries. He said studies have proved that all developing nations have many commonalities and hence "we must respect each other's cultures and concentrate upon development on human values''.

Speaking about the main objective of conference, he said India should develop a curriculum that helps global society and generate feelings of togetherness. He also said that India should prepare its children for the known and unknown challenges emerging on the global scene.

Participating in the conference were delegates from Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Thailand in addition to representatives from the International Bureau of Education of UNESCO.

The Director of NCERT, J.S. Rajput, said the Council focussed on learning strategies on various human aspects though it is a difficult proposition. "We must develop research-oriented spectrum that will result in quality learning and achieve higher quality of lives for human beings.''