A committee has been formed under the chairmanship of K Kasturirangan to formulare a new education policy. Although the infrastructure has shown remarkable improvement but still there is a lot to be desired. Mid-day meals were instrumental in getting the children to the schools but quality of education remains questionable. A substantial number of teachers are not even qualified to teach. RTE, no detention policy has done little to safeguard the education system of the country. A single mandate for such a large and diverse country also may not be possible.
The need of the hour is to focus on every aspect of making good teachers like their pre-service and in-service training, selection process, transfers and postings, engagement of teachers in non-educational activities, promotional avenues and morale. An action plan clearly outlining the role of central and state government will have to be worked out in detail shifting the focus from input based approach to outcome based. Mere policies are not enough but rather what needs to be done is identify, understand and escalate successful practices.