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We’re against Commercialisation of Education

ail K.K., National President of Students Islamic Organisation of India (SIO). He was delivering the Presidential Address at the Seminar on “Education Policy: Present & Future” organized by SIO Goa Zone, on 16th June 2009 at Miramar Residency, Miramar, Goa.


Earlier the Chief Guest of the Seminar, Mr. Shantaram Naik, Member of Parliament from Goa, to Rajya Sabha emphasized, “the policies of the Government are not at fault but it’s the implementation that is lacking and is faulty. He further said, “Teachers are not aware of the education policy and the laws that govern them”. Thus he said that, the knowledge about the policy doesn’t trickle down.


In his Keynote Address, Shahnawaz Ali Raihan, Central Secretary of SIO browsed through the history of education policies and then presented the loop holes in them. He pointed out that our education pattern teaches about the world but is unable to teach about one’s own village, town or district. He lamented the way in which governments have tried to infuse their ideology regardless of what is necessary and what the future demands. Mr. Raihan warned about the consequences of privatization of education.


Mr. Anwar Khan, President of SIO Goa Zone delivered the Inaugural address and explained the need and purpose of organizing the seminar. He said that the current education pattern lacks on various fronts pointing out to the day-to-day affairs in terms of respect, trust, loyalty, etc.


Mr. Bhiku Pai Angle, noted & senior academician and educationist spoke on ‘Traditional Streams and Professional Education’. He categorized the manner in which professional education was the breeding ground for commercialization of education. To the extend of expressing grief that even teaching is becoming a profession rather than the nature of service and nobility it held before.


Psychologist and Lecturer at the Post-Graduate Dept. of Psychology, St. Xavier’s College, Goa, Dr. Suhas Shetgovekar spoke on ‘Teacher – Student Relationship’. Though she didn’t critic the policy directly, she spoke about the current trends and human traits of behavior. In her presentation she evaluated the behavioral patterns and suggested the right and optimistic behaviour for a good relationship.


Mr. Tomazinho Cardozo, Educationist, Columnist and Ex-Dy. Speaker of Goa Legislative Assembly speaking on ‘Secularism and religious Identities’, focused on value education as a part of the curriculum. He said letting schools decide what they are supposed to teach during these lectures would lead to a faulty fate. Instead, he recommended that, there be a unique and uniform syllabus to upbring morals and values to make the citizens more responsible and accountable.


Social Activist and Columnist, Mr. Jason Fernandes speaking on ‘Oriental and Subaltern Histories’ elaborated on the way historiographies are written and how the British influence has had an impact on our history writing and presentation. The clash of thought of the two has led to the current day chaos of what is the correct history.


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