conducted this workshop at Coimbatore, on 2 July 2003 in
collaboration with the A.V.R. Educational Foundation of
Ayurveda. Schoolteachers were invited to discuss the shortcomings
of the school system, especially its failure to provide
the student with a fulfilling education that can meet the
challenges of modern times.
Thirty-three Matriculation schools from the Coimbatore region
were represented by seventy-two teachers and principals.
Ten moderated groups were formed to discuss both syllabus
and pedagogy, and to formulate workable suggestions towards
a new content and teaching environment.
At the end of the day, we had a coherent programme for a
substantial reform of India’s system of school education.
here for the full report located
in our teachers’ corner.
A few articles appeared in the local press. The
workshop’s report was sent to many educationists and
officials in Tamil Nadu and elsewhere. The then director
of NCERT, Dr. J. S. Rajput, acknowledged it and referred
to the workshop in an article in the national press. However,
implementation of the teachers’ suggestions, sensible
and innovative, based on their decades-long experience,
remains a long way off.