COVID-19 has exacerbated the crisis in Indian school education. While learning outcomes were already poor across private and government schools, a substantial number of private schools have or are about to shut down due to delayed fee collection, pushing a large number of students out of schools. People have also raised concerns over prolonged school closures and escalation in child labour. In this backdrop, the Cabinet released the National Education Policy 2020. The Policy recognises the need to re-engineer our regulatory processes in a manner that not only ensures a safe learning environment but also improves learning outcomes. It recommends the formation of regulatory bodies such as state standard-setting authority, PARAKH, and strengthening the National Institute of Open Schooling. For this, the first panel will address the role of regulatory agencies in a post-COVID world.
School Choice National Conference (SCNC), started in 2009, is the flagship education conference hosted by Centre for Civil Society (CCS) in New Delhi every year. The day-long conference aims to bring together educationists, planners, policy experts, activists and government officials to explore, discuss and debate various dimensions of school education in India. In the past eight editions, the conference has seen many important and interesting conversation and ideas emerging from the discussions, during the sessions and on the sidelines of it.