Indore: Highlighting that Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has no say in how a school functions, chairman RK Chaturvedi said that CBSE is just an examination board. He mentioned this here on Thursday during a brief press interaction after addressing the opening ceremony of Shishukunj MUN organised at The Grand Bhagwati Palace, when he was asked about enforcement of CBSE rules and mandatory disclaimers of circulars.
“We can advise schools but we cannot enforce any ideas on private schools, we are not government,” Chaturvedi said. He mentioned that many schools are still conducting ‘Monday test’ that CBSE has advised them to stop. Earlier, addressing the MUN participants and others he compared the education system today with the ancient one and said, “Knowledge meant liberation ideally, but now it is open to commercialisation as it is used to a route to livelihood.”
Talking about flaws in the education system, Chaturvedi said, “While people are given preference abroad in admission if they know Sanskrit, in India if someone knows Sanskrit, the person is termed a ‘fool’.” He explained that the entire world is following Indian values and education, while we are not. While explaining why CBSE restored class 10 board system, Chaturvedi said, “Learning cannot be joyful! Can Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics be joyful and learned outside?”
“Our education system has faults, as it is not even possible to pass without a coaching class and that was not the case before,” Chaturvedi said.
However, he also mentioned that informal learning is the only learning that is remembered. “We need to teach students under the tree. Yes, it is time-consuming, but we have to adopt this idea,” Chaturvedi said. He elaborated that education need not be bound to classrooms and teachers need to invest more in students.
Quality education not provided in schools
Answering a parent’s query about coaching classes, Chaturvedi explained, “We cannot stop coaching classes from running. It is just that quality education is not being provided in schools and hence, students have to go to coaching centres.” Talking about United Nations, he mentioned that it is not doing its job right. “Racial conflict continues and UN is watching silently,” Chaturvedi said.