Bangalore: introduction of English from class 1

Harold F. Schiffman haroldfs at
Mon Oct 9 14:46:10 UTC 2006

 HIV awareness classes for teachers
[ 7 Oct, 2006 2329hrs ISTTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]

BANGALORE: A scheme to periodically review the syllabus and an awareness
programme for teachers in aid of HIV+ children primary and secondary
education minister Basavaraj Horatti's goodie bag came loaded at the
valedictory session of the seminar on Karnataka's Elementary Education
System' at national Institute of Advanced Sciences on Saturday. The
minister announced a scheme that would cover the various aspects of
syllabus revision ranging from the methodology of revision to the
periodicity of revision to be launched soon. "This is to ensure that our
children do not have to study an outdated curriculum," he said.

When a member in the audience raised the issue of discrimination shown
towards children diagnosed as HIV+, Horatti said, "We are planning to
start a programme for teachers so that they do not discriminate against
such students. They too have an equal right to education and childhood."
He hoped that the programme would help alleviate the current problem of
students dropping out when an HIV+ student enrolls at a school.

Horatti also discussed the setting up of a committee to formulate a state
education policy, which would be headed by former Department of State
Education Research and Training (DSERT) director Jagannath Rao. "The
policy would be aligned to president Abdul Kalam's vision 2020 for
Karnataka. It would cover everything from the larger goals of the policy
to more minute details like the ratio of teacher and students in a class."

The minister also touched upon the introduction of English from class one
in the language policy that would be effective from June 1, 2007. He also
assured that there would be no political interference in the functioning
of government schools. He also advocated frequent interactions between
parents, teachers and the panchayat to achieve education goals of each
child in every village.

Horatti spoke about the effectiveness of the committee of physical
education in Punjab and Haryana and said that the findings of the
Karnataka committee headed by Justice Vaidyanathan would be implemented in
the curriculum.


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