New Delhi: Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ met with Division Head and Coordinator of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), Andreas Schleicher in New Delhi on 7 February.
It was the first-ever meeting of Union HRD Minister with PISA coordinator to discuss the preparations of India for PISA 2021. An officer from the World Bank and senior officials of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) were also present during the meeting.
Schleicher reviewed the preparations of India towards PISA 2021 and appreciated India’s efforts in this direction. He expressed his happiness over India’s enthusiasm and hard work for the PISA examination. He also expressed his satisfaction on various initiatives being taken by Ministry and the CBSE in introducing reforms in the examination system and march towards competency-based learning.
He promised Pokhriyal to provide OECD help in the preparations for PISA competition. He said that India has a very good environment for the development of education and all the relevant stakeholders are doing great in this direction. He said that India has great potential to perform better in the upcoming PISA 2021 examination.
During the meeting, Schleicher pointed out that for the betterment of education in any country, teachers, parents and media should be more aware and responsible. He said that these three groups can change the scenario of education in any country. He offered his assistance for teachers training and to help in providing special tools which can assess the quality of teachers.
Schleicher also offered Pokhriyal to send a team to Paris to understand the exam process of PISA and ensured support of OECD to help the team. While talking about the PISA examination, he said that we need to change our old patterns of exams and we should avoid promoting rote learning and need to ask more practical questions in exams, especially in Math and Science.
Pokhriyal said that India’s preparation for the PISA 2021 exam is in full swing and hoped that India will perform its best on an international platform. He informed the Director of PISA that students of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti and Union Territory of Chandigarh will represent India in this examination.
Pokhriyal further said that India represents around 18% of the world population, therefore no global target can be achieved without India. He said that this examination is an important platform to bring global recognition to Indian talent, and there is no dearth of competence, discipline and talent among our students, but the need is that they get the right direction and guidance.
Pokhriyal expressed his gratitude towards OECD help for PISA preparations. He urged Director PISA to make exam bilingual so that participants from other countries can also perform better on an international level.
Pokhriyal stated that the PISA examination is not far now, so its preparation should be on war footing mode. He directed Ministry officials to periodically review at a higher level for better monitoring of PISA preparations so that India can perform excellently in the competition.
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