General syllabus of examinations at national level is required

Ashok Kumar writes,

The Common University Entrance Test (CUET) has recently been introduced to bring uniformity in judging students for admission in a standard parameter for almost all admissions in Central Universities for undergraduate, postgraduate, integrated diploma and all other courses / certifications. This is probably not to eliminate the administrative difficulties of conducting separate examinations of the universities but to follow a fair standard for all the candidates. In the absence of a general syllabus up to the 12th standard in India and for conducting multiple board examinations, the need for such additional examinations seems reasonable but it solves the problem in a peripheral manner. The main problem remains to be solved which involves taking the content of general and a well-prepared course up to 12th standard where CBSE may be a single board for conducting examinations across India and all other examination boards have been abolished at central or state level. . At the moment these two reforms are made, CUET will be irrelevant.

While arguing for the proposal may seem simple, there are huge challenges in implementing it. It is good that education has been on the ‘parallel list’ since the 42nd amendment to the constitution was approved in 1976. Both the Central and State Governments may enact laws relating to contemporary listing matters and the rules / regulations of the Central Government exist in case of disputes. Such a constitutional provision is giving the central government enough power to bring about this big change. Attempts should be made to reach a consensus among all stakeholders so that the central government seizes the power of the state government and an issue is raised in the political arena putting pressure on the fabric of the federal structure of the country. These two reforms are the most important reforms in the field of education, although some efforts in this direction have not been entirely successful.

The Right to Education Act has made several welcome changes but its scope is relatively limited. There are some exceptions that need to be looked at anew. Exceptions were needed then but their current needs need to be reviewed. We need to enable every segment of our population equally.

Common syllabus required

The country is celebrating the 75th year of independence as Amrit Mahotsav. There are different levels of quality in educational exposure where the urban class has gained distinct advantage while the rural masses especially the people and tribals in remote hilly areas have not got adequate access to basic education except quality education. The children of migrant workers are also suffering from this count.

In the year of Amrit Mahotsav, the government has to promise that the benefits of nectar, i.e. nectar, should reach everyone equally. To do this, it is important that the concept of each class and having the same syllabus in each subject must be adopted. With the recent publication of the National Education Policy (NEP), in any case, the syllabus needs to be revised in most cases and the opportunity should be used to avoid duplication of large efforts to ensure quality syllabus. Developed and disseminated. An expert professional non-political team should be formed to develop the syllabus. The syllabus developed in this way must fulfill the future aspirations of the nation and also factor in the information of skill development. Small state-level teams can be formed to determine their language syllabus and state-specific social science subjects. General courses should be taken in minority-run institutions as well as a separate subject of religious empowerment which may be placed in the non-examination section. Some expert teams have been formed for the implementation of NEP 2020, it is advisable to address these issues. Unlike some people trying a court-based approach, an inclusive approach would be a good model in our pluralistic society.

The general curriculum, especially one that is relevant to our future needs, will have some learning challenges for students who are not learning through formal schools and are not regular students. In addition to being a learning challenge in itself, it will have different grades of such challenges and will require innovative and practical solutions by an expert course designing team. The challenge, if properly considered, will reduce the division of learning and reveal a talent that will not only meet the needs of the nation but also be a model for the needs and imitations of other countries.

Common testing board required

In addition to the center, there are different examination boards at each state government level. The classes in which board exams will be taken are also different. Hopefully through the new education policy some of these problems will be solved. Properly naming and reorganizing a single examination body, whether assigned to CBSE or any other body, will pave the way for standardized examinations for which general curriculum is pre-requisite and a compulsory requirement.

Once this method is adopted, CUET will not be required and the numbers obtained through this testing agency may be the basis for all admissions at central or state level. Even to this day, CBSE affiliated schools / colleges are all over India and examinations are being conducted everywhere. So it will be easier to handle security and logistical challenges for such tests. State level boards can be nominated as CBSE (West Bengal নাম name of the respective state) or a regional branch as it is a matter of semantics. The most important thing is that a single board / examination body must be approved to conduct the examination.

In order to ensure that the testing agency does not fall under the pressure of multiple work, the issues of affiliation / suitability may be left to the various State Governments which have jurisdiction over such schools / colleges. In a similar vein, the NCERT should take responsibility for publishing books once the syllabus is up to standard. This is the only NCERT book that should be allowed to be used in school / college. The current trend of commercial method of keeping different books in different schools / colleges must be eliminated. To ensure adequate input, NCERT needs to be fair when finalizing content.

The idea of ​​a standard and general curriculum with a single test model is probably the best for the country, although there are realistic challenges to adopt, the reluctance of various stakeholders is one of the many challenges. The process should not be delayed any longer as the country is in its 75th year of independence because quality education is the most important contributing factor to nation building.

Once these proposed changes are implemented and certification is achieved, there will be a need to change the syllabus of various competitive examinations at both the Central and State Government levels. In addition to making CUET and test multiplication redundant, all Group C and Group D jobs can be filled on the basis of these standardized test scores at both the central and state levels. Excluding interview requirements, it will be possible to complete the recruitment in the most efficient manner for Group C and Group D level employees, especially those with educational qualifications up to Class XII. In the case of certain departments, the current system may still be needed unless we are able to standardize in universities as well, which should be the next step.

Undoubtedly, what has arisen is that the adoption of a common curriculum and single testing board in India should not be delayed any further and the decision should be taken to implement it simultaneously with NEP 2020 for the greater good of the nation.

(The author is an Indian Army veteran. The opinions expressed do not reflect the official position or policy of Personal and Financial Express Online. Reproduction of this content without permission is prohibited.)

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