A sub-committee meeting of the Central Advisory Board for Education (CABE), chaired by Punjab education minister Dr Daljit Singh Cheema, on Monday discussed ways to ensure quality education in government schools.
At the meeting, held in Bhubaneswar, representatives of various states gave presentations on infrastructure conditions at government schools besides offering solutions to bridge the gaps.
Apart from laying stress on teacher training programme, the state representatives recommended re-start of class 5 and 8 board exams, besides fast-tracking the recruitment process to fill vacancies. There was also a consensus on initiation of preprimary classes in government schools as a way to improve education standards from the formative primary level itself.
The members also demanded that a department of teacher training should be established in all universities of the country. Also, in each state, a nationallevel state-of-the-art teacher training institute should also be formed. The members also stressed the importance of filling posts of English and Computer teachers. The next meeting of CABE sub-committee will be held on June 25at New Delhi.
The committee under the chairmanship of Cheema has been formed by the human resource and development ministry for the purpose of improving the education standards in government schools throughout the country. The committee is slated to submit its report within a year regarding steps taken and plans formulated in this regard.