President Pranab Mukherjee: India needs to improve the quality of education

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While delivering a speech at a function in Rashtrapati Bhavan  on Teacher’s Day celebration, President Pranab Mukherjee called for improvement of the quality of education in the country. The day is celebrated every year on Sep 5, marking the birthday of India’s first vice president Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. Along with it, he honoured meritorious teachers with national awards, and hailed the role that the teachers play in shaping up of a successful nation.

According to Mukherjee, “In a nation whose demography is young – both in age and spirit – teachers have the responsibility of providing education which is rich in values and modern in content”.

Formely, being a teacher, he stressed on the changing boundaries of classroom education and the need for practical learning tools. Educational activities and learning processes are no longer confined to a classroom-based curriculum. New methods and teaching aids must equip the younger generations to learn more, explore more and contribute more to society.

As per Kapil Sibal, education will help foster a learning society that will create for others a path out of poverty and want. Education is thus an investment in the genius of the human mind – unlike investment in land, capital, finance or technology. If education has the power to transform lives, then at the core of the transformation is the teacher, he added.