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Policy experts brainstorm education system

School Choice

20-12-2013

Tribune News Service

School Choice Campaign, the flagship programme of Delhi-based think tank, Centre for Civil Society, today organised the 5th Annual School Choice National Conference (SCNC) on the theme “Education 2025:  Student First” at the India International Centre here.

The daylong conference, deliberating on the changing paradigms of education system in India and the innovation and planning needed to reach Vision 2025, was attended by over 100 leading educationists and policy experts.

School Choice Campaign, a campaign launched in 2007, aims to bring about the much-needed reforms in India’s education system towards a school choice model that brings affordable and quality education to all children.

On the occasion, representatives from civil society organisations and the government, along with school leaders examined whether today’s education system is equipped to meet the growing aspirations of young India; how to provide education with equity; and the role of technology in classrooms of the future.

Ankur Shah, head of sector strategies and education portfolio lead at the Acumen Fund, said: “With a view to ensuring accountability, efficiency and equity in the use of public funds and to catalyse the education market for affordable education, the Centre for Civil Society aims to focus on building robust funding models, supporting coalitions, reducing entry and expansion barriers for private colleges, improving RTE implementation and generating evidence for policy making.”

Harsh Shrivastava, CEO, Centre for Civil Society, said that through the School Choice Campaign, “CCS hopes that by 2025, the difference in learning outcome between the government and private schools is minimised so that students and parents are able to get the best education possible.”

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