HRD Minister Kapil Sibal on Saturday advocated a paradigm shift in the education system to help students express their creativity and make teaching-learning exercise more children centric and interesting.
"The thinking of Panditji (Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru) was that children should do more creative things. Formal education is no doubt required. But creativity is more important," he told reporters after attending the national childrens' assembly and integration camp in New Delhi.
Sibal said process of changing the thrust of education has already started. The school environment, curriculum, teachers' training and teaching method will be changed under this exercise, he said.
"The Right To Education Act will bring back the out-of school students to the stream of education," he said at the function organised by National Bal Bhavan on the occasion of Childrens' Day. Nearly 16 crore children in the country are out of school at present.
Addressing the children, Sibal said ideally teachers should listen to students most of the time in the classes.
"But what is happening is that the students are listening to the teachers 90 per cent of the time. The parents are competing among themselves on whose children will secure more marks in the examination," he said.