Yesterday, in a not-so-surprising news after the plethora of complaints regarding the admissions; the government declared their intent to start Common Admission Tests for nursery admissions.
In a press conference, the union HRD minister, Smt
Tulsi Virani Smriti Irani, said that the idea of such a step had been brewing in her mind for quite some time; it has just taken a shape now. “After all, now that such primary education has gone to such steep levels when flashy schools charge anything up to 20K per month for a nursery admission and that too when a CA can be completed in 7K totally and engineering in government colleges costs something like 20K per year; I feel that it is high time that we start our focus on the primary education.”
“We have not yet decided what would actually be in that test. But one thing is for sure that we will have a quota system in place. And a special emphasis for girl child as the public appreciates such a female oriented leadership. Though, it remains yet to be decided if we will have a test for parents as well or not.” The minister also conveyed that any, or all, such decisions will be taken by an expert panel on education.
Unconfirmed reports suggest that panel might contain Amir Khan as the minster feels that it is high time that he does something more than just talking about faults with Indian educational system and actually do something about it.
And speaking of outspoken, Arundhati Roy has sent her request to be a part of this panel or else she might have to do a separate stage-show to ensure that the actual problems of the parents and the children are heard and that they are not made a victim of the autocratic whims of the non-secular government.