The new education policy fails to address one pertinent issue i.e. are schools sufficiently equipped to teach students as they are supposed to do?
Why I raise this question is the continuing mushrooming of tuition centres, as well as home tuition services right across the country.
If schools are doing all that they should be doing, then why the need for tuition?
Originally tuition was meant for weak students to catch up in their studies. However, a casual survey will indicate now, this is not so.
Almost everyone, especially in the urban areas, attend tuition.
Schools can be said to be doing what they are suppose to do only if they do not need the "assistance" of this parallel education industry which is testimony to the fact that schools are not able to deliver what they are supposed to.
Many schools claim credit for the excellent performance of their students.
While I don't want to take away the credit due to teachers who have put in extra effort in coaching their students, the question remains of the role played by tuition in their results.
The school curriculum should be such that a student can be educated successfully without the aid of tuition.
The existence of numerous tuition centres only indicates that something is seriously wrong with our current education system.
Nowhere in the new education blueprint is this issue addressed.
Perhaps the NKRA team should look into this.