|Posted on September 4, 2010 at 11:45 AM|
HRD Minister Kapil Sibal today linked school education to the country's economic growth and advocated good pay packages for teachers to attract the "best brains".
Kapil Sibal, who has started a series of reforms in education, said the sector would witness investments to the tune of billions of dollars in the next two decades and become the fastest growing sector in the country.
He highlighted the need for a better salaries for teachers in states so that they do not quit the profession in search of greener pastures.
In the past teachers were not given much importance.
Saying that every state has its own policy, he said, "At the national level we only guide the state to help it make policy decisions. CBSE has a much better pay scale (compared to that offered by state governments)."
Unless states agree to provide adequate financial security to teachers, they would not get the best brains, he said.
Quoting a noted management guru, Sibal said at present 220 million students attend schools across the country. Presently 14 million go to university and this figure has to go up to 500 million, he said.