This article provides 15+ prime roles and responsibilities of Ministry of Education.
- Take Full Control of Policies, Decisions and Planning activities.
MoE must ensure strong grip and governance on the educational polices, regulation, educational systems across the country.
- Regulation of New School Systems
It is observed that every now and then a new school system is introduced specially in India, Pakistan and African nations, claiming to be the best whereas no genuine efforts to meet the minimum acceptance criteria of a new schooling system. Such new business lack in proper planning for curriculum setup, teaching faculties training, integration with existing school systems and compliance with local laws.
- App and Website Development
There should be centralized mobile apps and websites developed by MoE with the aim to provide best-in-class techniques, trainings, business collaborations, new trends across education industry. Every single school of the country has to be member of this group. Through these apps MoE can perform survey and seek opinions pertaining to existing polices or new ideas.
- Careful Utilization of Educational Budget
There could be so many possible expenses when it comes to allocation of budget. For example, new school opening, salary payments of staff, investment in science and technology, IT infrastructure upgrade, trainings, international memberships, marketing and media needs and so on. It is extremely important for the MOE to assign Subject Matter Experts with strong analytical and visionary approach. Every single penny incorrectly spent will result in huge loss for the nation.
- Macro Guidance to all Educational Institutes
MoE should provide macro level guidance to all educational institutes covering Marketing, HR, market dynamics, industry trends.
- Integration of Different Schooling Systems
Many students face problems while moving from one schooling system to another. Ministry should work with policy makers to establish a unified integration system to avoid such issues.
- Schools Ranking System
There should be a dedicated government department that defines criteria for best institute. Annual strict audit should be performed against these points and school ranking to be released on official website. Each school should be graded as Poor, Acceptable, Good or Excellent. This approach will result in competition and continuous improvement. The bench-marking should cover wide range of aspects linked with education industry.
- Compulsory Education Assurance
MoE should establish a dedicated committee supported by auditors who can consistently perform audits on whether compulsory education is being ensured.
- Counseling Service for Higher Education
MoE should have an online portal where students should be given guidance and exposure about different options they can consider. In the form of FAQs students should be given guidance for how, where and when.
- Scholarships Arrangement
Ministry should collaborate with international organizations across the globe to arrange scholarships for the bright students. There should be a dedicated section on the MoE’s website where students are provided the details about all kind of scholarships.
- Teaching Regulations
Not everyone should be allowed to start teaching career. This ruins the quality of education. MoE must establish a mechanism for best teachers criteria that results in qualification of certain individuals to start teaching. Ministry should maintain a database of all the teachers of the country and provide them online trainings about new teaching techniques, perform surveys, seek feedback and take annual exams of all teachers.
- Curriculum Catalogues
Ministry should create and distribute curriculum guidance in line with national interests and international trends. Schools are required to comply with such requirements and produce evidence of actions taken. Annual audits may be performed.
- Strict Compliance and Governance
Any schools which do not meet with MoEs instructions and compliance, should be given notices to improve. Counseling and auditing services should be provided. Consistent violators must be penalized to set example for others and to maintain high standards.
- Seek Support from NGOs
Ministries should encourage NGOs by providing tax free authorization to promote better education, rural student’s assistance and so on.
- Literacy Rate
Ministry should prioritize the efforts of improving literacy rate. This may be achieved via free campaigns and advertisements on state owned TV channels, radio stations and social media. There should be dedicated committee that can work with philanthropists for orphan-education support or for opening new schools.
- Establishment of Open Forum
An online forum for parents, teachers, business owners will definitely help for brainstorming of new ideas. Specially parents can provide critical feedback on student-specific issues.
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