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At what cost does this uniformity come?

Unfortunately this 'common curriculum' appears to be setting the bar at a disappointingly low standard
01:00 AM Jan 03, 2024 IST | Ikkz Ikbal
at what cost does this uniformity come
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In a surprising move, the Government has decided to implement a common curriculum across both government and private educational institutions. This shift signals an end to the diverse educational landscapes that once thrived in private schools, replacing them with a standardized approach that, unfortunately, seems to be lacking in ambition.

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The government's decision stems from a desire to ensure uniformity, bridging the gap between Government and Private Institutions. However, the alarming reality is that this "common curriculum" appears to be setting the bar at a disappointingly low standard. One can't help but wonder: at what cost does this uniformity come?

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Private institutions, which previously embraced Edtech-based curricula, now find themselves confined to a one-size-fits-all approach. The dynamic and innovative learning experiences that once characterized these schools are at risk of being overshadowed by a rigid curriculum that may stifle creativity and hinder critical thinking.

It's not merely a matter of private versus government institutions, nor is it solely about implementing a uniform curriculum. What looms over this educational overhaul is the potential deprivation of something essentials for our children's development.

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The edtech-based curriculum adopted by many private institutions was designed to prepare students for the challenges of the digital age. It aimed to equip them with the skills necessary for a rapidly evolving job market, fostering a mindset of adaptability and technological fluency. The common curriculum, however, appears to be a step backward, potentially leaving our children ill-prepared for the demands of the modern world

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But let's delve deeper into the arguments surrounding private institutions. Critics argue that these schools, in collaboration with private publishers, are exploiting children and parents by securing commissions and selling books at exorbitant prices. If the government is genuinely sincere about addressing this issue, perhaps the focus should shift from making the curriculum common to regulating the sale of books.

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Imagine a scenario where government regulation ensures that textbooks are reasonably priced and free from the influence of profit-driven motives. This would not only alleviate the financial burden on parents but also ensure that students have access to high-quality educational materials without being held hostage by the profit margins of private publishers.

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In this alternate reality, the government's sincerity would shine through in a tangible and impactful way. The emphasis would be on providing an affordable and quality education for all, rather than imposing a standardized curriculum that risks homogenizing the vibrant tapestry of learning experiences.

As we advocate for change, let us champion a system where fairness extends beyond the classroom and into the realm of educational resources. By regulating book prices, the government has the opportunity to demonstrate a commitment to the well-being of students and parents, fostering an environment where learning is not only accessible but also enriching.

In conclusion, the government's decision to implement a common curriculum may be well-intentioned, but the focus should shift towards addressing the financial exploitation associated with educational resources. Regulating the selling of books could be the beacon of change that ensures every child has access to a quality education without being burdened by the weight of unfair costs and profit-driven motives. Let us strive for an education system that truly serves the best interests of our children and sets them on a path to success. Our children deserve an education that not only meets basic standards but also empowers them to excel in an ever-changing world. As we navigate this new academic landscape, it's crucial to advocate for an education that goes beyond the common and embraces the extraordinary.

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