As part of the meetings to gather suggestions from stakeholders, the high-level committee set up by the government to formulate the Tamil Nadu State Education Policy met with the correspondent associations of private schools across the State on Tuesday.
Judge D. Murugesan, the president of the committee, gathered the representatives of the associations and will gather more interested parties on Wednesday. The committee has met with students, teachers, parents and social service organizations to hear their suggestions and recommendations for the policy that will be developed.
GR Srithar, president of the Tamil Nadu Correspondents’ Private Schools Association, said they demanded emphasis on mother tongue in schools and patronage to private schools in the State.
“Many of us are also keen to bring in a three-language formula, where schools leave the choice of the third language up to the students. Private schools are well equipped to teach languages and deciding on a policy for this will help,” he said.
While they welcomed the steps taken by the Tamil Nadu government in making the State Education Policy, the Tamil Nadu Federation of Private School Associations, as well as the Tamil Nadu Pre-Primary Higher Secondary and CBSE Schools Association expressed in their representations. given to the committee, that the draft policy has not been lacking in any way compared to the National Education Policy. “Either that should be done, or the State should be ready to accept the NEP,” said the Federation.
The representatives also requested that equal opportunities be extended to students in public and private schools.
A semester system for students of classes 11 and 12 was another demand put forward by the management representatives of private schools.