Ensure standards in policy for missionary schools

6 July, 2019 12:00 AM printer

The government has been relentlessly trying to ensure a world-class education for future generations. A synchronised education system can offer balanced opportunities for our students. It is a step forward to set policies for some 1,500 missionary schools, colleges and other educational institutions under a regulating administration. The standard of education is excellent and parents are keen to admit their children in those educational institutions.

These institutions have some different style of education, admission and disciplinary procedures which are not totally similar to those in other institutions

For example, some colleges in the capital city select students for enrolment through separate admission tests; whereas all the higher secondary educational institutions follow the online admission system and enrol students based on their results in the previous exams to maintain a specific standard.

The missionary educational institutions are accused of giving privilege to Christian teachers and students. This discrimination is not at all desirable and does not bear the guiding principle of our Constitution that reads: ‘equal opportunity for all’.

When the state bodies are there to regulate education from the bottom to top, any separate entity(s), if allowed to function without guidelines might not be all good for the students and our country.

Since most missionary schools and colleges are praised for their outstanding results in the SSC and HSC, others can learn their teaching methodology and share it in the mainstream policy of the government so that we have quality education for all.

The much-awaited initiative of the Ministry of Education to devise a specific policy to run the activities of the missionary institutions is at the final stage. It is crucial that all educational institutions are governed by the policy keeping in mind that the standard of the missionary run schools do not fall.