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Quality education brings out true humans, can boost India's economy: Naresh Advani

Pune, Aug 2 (UNI) "Knowledge, skills and expertise are the key enablers for maintaining our economic growth momentum, especially in a scenario of technology-led disruptions where skills and expertise requirements are ever-changing", remarked educationist Naresh Advani on Sunday.
In an interview with UNI here, he talked at length about the importance of quality education, digitization of pedagogy as well as the need for moulding the curriculum in a way which brings out true humans in the pupils.
Mr Advani, also Founder and Chairman of Prime Academy ICSE school, said "Since its' inauguration by superstar Amitabh Bacchan in 2006, Prime has proved 100 per cent results and won several awards in the field of education."
He stressed the importance of quality education "With nearly a quarter of India's population being in the age of attending school and college, whether our demographic situation is an asset for our country or not depends on the quality of their learning."
He lamented the poor quality of education that is being imparted. "According to a recent annual report on 'Status of Education', about 25 per cent students in the age group of 14-18 years could not read basic text fluently in their own language," he apprised.
"We will need to urgently transform our education system to meet the aspirational needs of the new generation and quality education can change the whole system of the country," he spoke in same breath.
Elaborating further, he spoke,"The initiatives like Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan which are our right, need to address the issue of school infrastructure, teacher quality and training, filling vacancies, but even today, there is a long way to go."
He explained that quality education can also ensure economic progress. "The quality education is also an investment which can definitely help in the growth of country's economy," he added that it can help in preventing the terrorism activities, which are the major cause of concern before the country today.
He mentioned that following the COVID-19 crisis, Prime has decided to reduce fees for this academic year by 30 to 35 per cent as it will benefit more than thousand of children studying in the school.
For further convenience of the parents he said that the school has made provision so that even the slashed fees can be paid in up to five installments, he informed.
As per social responsibility towards the society, Prime has adopted few students from an NGO in Mumbai and is providing them education.
He further said that measures should be taken for ensuring that students remain enrolled and learn so that they become empowered and productive citizens of the nation.
"To achieve this, an enabling ecosystem will have to be developed which comprises school premises along with facilities that are inviting for students, teachers who have a passion for their chosen vocation, pedagogy that transitions from rote learning to conceptual methods that can keep both teachers and students engaged and engrossed -- among others," he opined.
Pushing for the inclusion of smart classrooms and digital course content, he averred that the teachers should be trained with modern teaching aids, tools and methodologies.
Summing up the subject, he suggested, "Instead of trying to cram a large amount of knowledge into students, testing their memorization of such knowledge, and concluding about their life-readiness based on test scores, we can focus on training students with skills that can help them to deal with a variety of problems and succeed in many types of jobs."
"The education should prepare students to become true humans, who can adapt to an ever-changing world," he punctuated.
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