Procrastination of new education policy kills reform’s intent
The policy needs to be student centric allowing all to pursue higher education
Skills without adequate employment opportunities can degenerate and wither
The committee set up to draft a new education policy initiated by the current government saw four extensions since its inception and was to be placed in Parliament in October. Inputs were sought from stakeholders from time to time. It possibly is time for a new policy a first since 1992, to meet the changing dynamics of education that depends on quality, innovation and research. In a knowledge economy the leadership position in education cannot be ceded to anyone. This necessitates equipping its students with adequate skills and knowledge that addresses the shortage of manpower in science, technology, academics and industry. The draft policy is expected to reduce the academic load, create more time for sports, promote languages and mathematics in schools, and strengthen our public institutions of higher education.