Concern about the consultation process of New Education Policy Consultation

Friday, 6 November, 2015

Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani
Honourable Minister of Human Resources Development
Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India
New Delhi

Subject: Concern about the consultation process of New Education Policy Consultation

Respected Ma’am,

On behalf of the National Independent Schools Alliance we have a great pleasure to extend our most cordial congratulations to you for initiating mass consultation process for New Education Policy. I am very optimistic that under your leadership the Ministry of Human Resource Development will be able to create a lasting impact in the area of education, which is one of the most critical developmental challenges for our country.

But at the same time, we are so much concerned about the way of consultation meeting are being organised across the country. As a National alliance we are represented in 20 states and have been trying to participate in consultation meetings in all the states of our presence but we have largely failed to do so. The reasons being:

  1. Most of the times, there is no advance information about the time, date, venue and organiser of the meeting.
  2. The format used in the consultations is very narrow and will not lead to reform school education system at large..
  3. Private schools and various service providers working in operation of school management play very important role and those are not being invited in the consultation meetings.
  4. The officials engaged are only doing formalities and not giving the due importance. With above factors as experience from ground, we are afraid that the consultation process may not be able to meet the set objectives.

Demands:

  1. We suggest information about the consultation meetings to be available on state education and MHRD website at least a week before the date of meeting.
  2. We request the MHRD to direct the state education ministries to invite NISA to their state and regional meetings.
  3. We request the MHRD to engage NISA in national consultation meetings and formulating the policy.

The National Independent Schools Alliance (NISA) is a platform that brings together budget private schools (BPS) from across the country to give them a unified voice to address their concerns and to facilitate quality improvement. As of today, NISA represents over 36,400 schools, from 20 state associations, which cater to the needs of 9.35 million children at an average of Rs 250/- per child per month.

We trust to immediately consider our feedbacks and recommendation to have an effective education policy for our country. We are happy to offer all our possible support to improve the state of education in the country.

Mr.Kulbhushan Sharma
Vice President – Advocacy
NISA