The Federation of Associations of Private Schools in Tamil Nadu organised a convention of prominent educators from across Tamil Nadu. The event was conducted on February 4, at Hotel Green Park in Vadapalani, Chennai. A full-day event the convention saw eminent speakers, Mr. K. Pandiarajan the Minister for School Education, Government of Tamil Nadu, spoke about the vision for school education in the state.
One of the key points that was put forth by leading educators was the decline of the quality of education in schools in Tamil Nadu. With boards like CBSE and ICSE offering an education that helped prepare students for challenges of higher education; schools in Tamil Nadu need to reinvent themselves. A request was raised to the honourable minister Mr. K. Pandiarajan to improve the curriculum offered by schools in Tamil Nadu.
He said that the TET or Teacher Eligibility Test would be made mandatory for the recruitment of teachers. This would improve the quality of teachers who enter the work-force and offer school children a chance to learn from subject matter experts.
Discussion in Progress at the Event
As part of the event, leading educators were felicitated by FAPSIT for their contribution to the school system in Tamil Nadu. Key people felicitated were – Mr. G.B. Anbalagan of the Adiparasakthi Group of Institutions, Mr. Selvanayagam Arulappan, Secretary – Commission for Education, TNBC and Mrs. K.R. Malathi, CEO of Auuro Educational Service.
Everyone stressed about the importance of the use of technology in education and how schools needed to embrace technology to give students an enhanced learning experience. Technology should help teachers in communicating better, improve the performance of students and should be easy to adopt and implement.
The focus was also on skill-based learning that would offer students a chance to be prepared in taking up some employment. Be it carpentry, plumbing, farming, electrical/electronic repair work; it is essential that students get training on anyone key profession. This is really important as we see only engineers passing out in huge numbers from colleges who mostly end up working in IT and then go on to do a MBA. Training in a profession will make students independent and offer them a skill by the time they complete high school.
Other Interesting Topics Discussed
Dr. C. Sylendra Babu, IPS.; the ADGP of the Coastal Security Group of the Government of Tamil Nadu, spoke about how we should inspire young children and the need to create a strong and better future for the next generation.
Mr. Sujith Kumar, HR Business Leader from Infosys and the key brains behind the Maatram Foundation, which supports education among the under-privileged spoke on how we can prepare students to face the challenges of life and work. This was an inspirational speech and received a lot of applause.
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Overall the event was a grand success and we look forward to working with schools across Tamil Nadu. Thank you FAPSIT and Secretary Mr. D.C. Elangovan for a wonderful event.