Policy | The silent war over education reforms
A wonderful article by Krishna Kumar, former director of NCERT; a critical look at two major reports submitted to the government, regarding higher education. Just because something works in one situation, doesn’t mean that it will work in another. A deep-dive look is necessary to understand what we need and what will work – in the long-term.
“A new class of corporate interests has emerged with the advent of new information technology and footloose financial capital. New kinds of alliances have emerged between the state and industry, even as education itself has emerged as a key market. These alliances enable the state to freeze or greatly reduce the employment it provides while allowing the so-called knowledge industries to transform the nature and quality of employment in the wider economy. Many different kinds of work have vanished from the market, while others have got downgraded, reducing employment and perpetuating deskilling, a scenario where educational planning is doubtless deeply implicated. Governing the youth and managing their prospects has always been important for the state, and now the latter consists of transient opportunities for work, interspersed by modular opportunities to learn new skills.”
Hat Tip: Meeta Sengupta