As part of its meetings to collect suggestions from stakeholders, the high-level committee set up by the government to formulate state education policy in Tamil Nadu met with associations of private school correspondents from across the state on Tuesday.
Justice D. Murugesan, chair of the commission, met with association representatives and is expected to meet with more stakeholders on Wednesday. The committee has held discussions with pupils, teachers, parents and civil society organizations to hear their suggestions and recommendations for the policy to be made.
GR Srithar, president of the Tamil Nadu Correspondents Association of Private Schools, said they had asked for importance to be given to mother tongue in schools and ensure that private schools in the state were given protection.
“Many of us are also keen to see a trilingual formula, in which schools leave the choice of the third language entirely to the students. Private schools are well equipped to teach languages and a policy decision to that effect will help,” he said.
While welcoming the steps taken by the Government of Tamil Nadu to establish a state education policy, the Federation of Associations of Private Schools in Tamil Nadu, as well as the Tamil Nadu Nursery Primary Matric Higher Secondary and CBSE Schools Association, stated in their statements given to the committee, that the draft policy should not be missing in any way compared to the National Education Policy. “Either this has to happen, or the state has to be ready to take over the NEP,” the Federation said.
The representatives also called for equal opportunities to be extended to students from government and private schools.
A semester system for grades 11 and 12 students was another demand from private school board representatives.