Panaji: Union Minister for Human Resource Development Smriti Irani on Friday morning headed the meeting of the west zone states and Union territories on national education policy, held in the city, and went through their related presentations.
Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar, who attended the meeting, said that besides Goa, other states namely Maharashtra and Gujarat, as well as UTs of Daman, Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli participated at the meeting.
“It was basically a meeting to review the preparations of various states and Union territories from western region, as regards their role in the revamping of the national education policy,” Parsekar, who also holds the education portfolio said, adding that the aim of the meeting was also to make participating states and UTs gather knowledge about the ideas of each other, pertaining to educational changes proposed in the policy. The Chief Minister said that Goa also made a presentation on the occasion and provided inputs on various aspects of the educational field such as examinations vis-à-vis no detention policy under the Right to Education Act and so on.
“We are on the right track as far as the ongoing review of the national education policy is concerned,” he said, maintaining that the related report of the Goa state would be made ready soon.
Highly placed sources told ‘The Navhind Times’ that Goa government in its presentation has opposed the no detention policy of the central government, stating that stakeholders in the Goan educational field are also against the same as it is having an adverse effect on the learning abilities of the students, especially bright students.
Irani informed the participants of the meeting that efforts are underway to prepare the draft of a new national education policy by December 2015 with involvement of people, especially educationists and stakeholders in the field of education.
She is presently holding meetings with education ministers of every state/ UT as well as district magistrates, to shape the said draft