Nishi Misra — Principal, Scindia Kanya Vidyalaya, Gwalior
An alumna of Allahabad University with valuable teaching and admin experience in St. Mary’s, All Saints and Sherwood College — all in Nainital — and former headmistress of Vidya Devi Jindal School, Hisar, Nishi Misra is principal of the all-girls boarding Scindia Kanya Vidyalaya, Gwalior (estb. 1956), consistently ranked among India’s Top 3 girls boarding schools in the annual EW India School Rankings.
NEP 2020 overview. A single regulator for higher education and setting up national missions for implementing education reforms are welcome prescriptions. But though the policy document recognises the role of private schools, the unwieldy involvement of the government machinery in regulation is sure to demoralise private school managements. Moreover, the three-language formula, integration of technology-aided learning and assessment reforms in my opinion, will pose implementation challenges.
Switch of K-12 schools to online/blended learning during the current Covid-19 crisis. This shift is only a stop-gap response to the sudden crisis triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic. Neither individuals nor society can survive in an entirely online world.
Government interference in fees and online education delivery of private schools. Government directives on fees and online education expose the lack of vision of the political class. It’s also a pity how tax-paying parents who are funding the huge and ponderous machinery of government schools that deliver minimal learning, resent paying fees to private schools which are building the education foundation of their children.
Scindia Kanya Vidyalaya initiatives. Two path-breaking Scindia Kanya Vidyalaya initiatives are our peer observation and mentoring system which motivates teachers to learn from and improve each other, and parent-teacher collaboration which has enabled parents to get involved and participate in their children’s education.
Top 3 proposals for re-inventing India’s K-12 education system.
- There is urgent need to bring private schools within the ambit of organised sector industry with safeguards.
- Encourage school and higher education linkages and involve the latter in framing K-12 curriculums.
- Promote high-quality and result-oriented research across the education spectrum.