‘Education budget hike pointless sans reforms’
The Budget allocation for the Union human resource development (HRD) ministry, of over 65,867 crore, which is an increase over last year's provision by 17%, failed to impress Goa's education sector, which was looking for more on the front of technical education and a provision to bring in reforms as well.
Former member on the education advisory panel for the Goa government Ramesh Gawas said, "The 17% increase does not mean anything compared to the inflation and the dwindling growth rate. The hike will not even be enough to clear the backlog in the education sector. It is not a hike where we can say 'this is it!"
Gawas said that the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) are corrective measures which were brought in the first place to make up for the loss India has suffered in the education sector due to low provisions made in the sector in the past.
"It was a faulty policy of the government, which unlike China, failed to see the importance of investing heavily in school education in the past. So the over 27,000 crore budget for SSA and 25% high in RMSA provision are still only part of corrective measures," Gawas said.
Former director of education Bonfilio D'Cruz said, "We need reforms in curriculum, syllabi and in evaluation methods. Even though the comprehensive continuous evaluation has been brought into force, schools are still going ahead the way they were in the past. It is a foreign concept to them and it is a disappointment that still no provision is being made to bring in the reforms by going in to its depth, without which a mere hike in the budget is pointless," D'Cruz said. [TOI]