The National Policy on Education 1986, and the Programme of Action 1992 emphasised that Minimum Levels of Learning MLLs) should be laid down and children`s learning should periodically be assessed to keep a track of their progress towards ensuring that “all children acquire at least the minimum levels of learning
The Seminar has left us shaken and we are
now on our way to be shaped. It was indeed an eye opener and it has revealed to
us the historical background and the meticulous planning and the agenda that is
being unfolded in India today. We have
been alerted to the machinations of the present dispensation and the need to
unite and be vigilant, and make a study of the issues that emerge and see them
in totality. We should be alert because â€˜mighty intellectualsâ€™ are driving
forces that may trap us in all areasâ€”financial, legal, political, cultural
towards an effort to create a Hindu Rashtra.
explained â€œHindutvaâ€, its origins and its agenda down the last century,
and the forces that worked for 90 years,
leading to the emergence of â€˜Modiâ€™ and the sinister designs waiting to be
sprung when the climate is right in the Parliament to amend the Constitution
making India a Hindu Rashtra. He pointed
out instances where the â€˜waters were being testedâ€™ and when protests emerged,
there have been back tracking, but the agenda is clear and biding its time.
Mixing of politics with religion is evident and the realisation of the ideology
of the Hindu nationalism, through polarisation of communities etc.
The Congress rule has been projected as
being bad, norms are being violated and changed and a systematic attack has
been launched on Society. The National Education Policy is undermining Minority
Rights, too much centralisation is proposed, so also commercialisation and
corporatisation of Education along with communalisation. The poor and the Dalit population is being
trampled upon. We need to understand and debate about Justice and Equality and
have a clear understanding of the correct way forward in the present scenario.
The bureaucratic drafting of the NEP and the RSS stamp upon it, was revealed in
Parliament by Mr Sitaram Yechury.
Fr Sunny Jacob explained about the
evolution of educational policies down the decades in India, the Commissions
that injected fresh thinking and impetus. He spoke of the National Curriculum
Framework and finally of the RTE. He stressed that education should not be a
commodity but should be a service. He said the NEP was detrimental to allâ€”it
was not a minority issue but a majority issue as it affected Hindus too. There was a nexus between communal politics,
corporates and media. He exhorted all to
think critically and independently to get to the truth. He said the world is
bad because of those who stand silent...
Fr Sunny Jacob very eloquently and in a
clear and lucid style, supported by power point and videos, had the audience
enthralled and interested , and clearly shaken out of the slumber that Goans
tend to live in. He reminded all, that Goa was not India, and we need to look
into the national developments and prepare ourselves.
He suggested the following proactive steps
for our schools. The My India Pledge,
Studying and upholding the Preamble of the Indian Constitution and Celebration
of common festivals to create unity.
Minutes by Sr. Jesmine
WHAT IS AINACS ?
AINACS is a non-governmental Association, representing Catholic Schools in India. It was founded in 1953.Registered under the Societies Registration Act 1860, in January 1971. Recognised by the Catholic Bishops Conference of India in September 1981 Affiliated to the International Catholic Education Organisation (OIEC) Brussels in 1958.