Educational Standards drop by 25% after RTE: TSR Subramanian
Former cabinet secretary TSR Subramanian said that India was
witnessed a drop 0f 25% in the standard of education after the introduction of
Right to Education Act.
Though RTE has done quite a good job at the same time there
are still many gaps to cover, said the former secretary. One of the major gaps
is “Quality”. The act talks about infrastructure quality but it requires
tremendous amount of attention and detailing.
TSR Subramanian was speaking in a panel discussion which
focused on issues around safe and secure education of children, especially
girls. TSR said giving quality educational environment should be strictly
He added that learning is as natural to a child as eating
and breathing. The system needs to provide the environment and a teacher and a
child will learn automatically. But over the years we have made it quite
complex, said TSR Subramanian.
The panel discussion was organized by Care India under the
“My Safety My Education..My Right: Making Education Safe & Secure”
TSR Subramanian also said that due importance should be
given to girl education and India needs to focus on education with the every
step it takes towards development. India is till today struggling to understand
the importance of girl education added TSR Subramanian.
He emphasized that India is developing economically, but the
fundamentals are ‘health’ and ‘education’. Health and education need to be
looked before anything.
Citing Aser report 2014, TSR Subramanian mentioned that 50%
children in class 5 are not familiar with class 2 study material. These are catastrophic
number, said TSR Subramanian.