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“Equality should be there in quality of education”

DISCUSSION:R. Ananthasayanam, Professor, Bharathiar University, addressing a symposium in Dindigul on Friday.   | Photo Credit: — PHOTO : G. KARTHIKEYAN.

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Educational system must be upgraded, says Professor

DINDIGUL: Equality should be maintained in quality of education and not in quantity. Educational system should meet the growing demands in various sectors. Mere equality in syllabus and subjects will restrict growth of education in diversified fields, according to R. Ananthasayanam, Professor, Bharathiar University.

He was addressing a State-level symposium on ‘Trends in educational research,' at K. Nanjappa Gounder College of Education here on Friday.

The present educational system has been meeting all our requirements. This system could be upgraded to improve its quality. Any new system, including ‘Samacheer Kalvi,' should be introduced on trial basis. First, a model should be created and implemented in one area. On the basis of its success, it should be spread to other places, he said.

At present, two-third of the total number of students who appeared for SSLC alone will go for higher secondary course and the two-third of students in HSC will go for higher education. But this number was insufficient to fill all seats in the existing higher educational institutions in the State.

“If all students who appeared for SSLC directly went to higher educational institutions, there would be vacant seats in arts, science, medicine and engineering colleges and teacher training institutes in the State.”

The total number of higher educational institutions would go up in future. Where are the schools to produce students to meet the demands of ever-growing higher educational institutions?, he asked.

Upgrading quality of present system would suffice to make education a quality one. ‘Samacheer' should be on quality and not on quantity, he pointed out.

Narrating how to do research on education, he said that learning should be a continuous process. Psychology and behaviour of children were important in analysing their skills and learning abilities. Evaluation and behaviour of children could be your research areas.

More research was needed on mental problems of the children, he added.