FICCI School Education Conference

March 10, 2014

Ashish Dhawan, CEO Central Square Foundation and Chair, FICCI School Education Committee addresses the conference participants

With support from Central Square Foundation, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) organised its maiden school education conference, Towards Effective Delivery of Quality Education, on March 10, 2014.

Showcasing the FICCI School Education Committee’s work, the convening brought together stakeholders from government, civil society organisations, education and industry to share knowledge and deliberate on key issues that are critical for improving quality of education delivery in India’s school system.

The conference had four breakout sessions, each focused on one key issue.

1. Leveraging Assessments to Improve Education Quality – Moving From Inputs to Outcomes

FICCI and Central Square Foundation released a report titled “Guidelines for Large Scale Learner Assessments: Practices for Design, Implementation and Use of Assessments by States”.  FICCI and Azim Premji Foundation also released a discussion paper on critical non-cognitive or co-scholastic skills and the means to assess them.

The session on Learning Assessments was attended by Dr. Jayshree Oza, RMSA- Technical Cooperation Agency

2. Teacher Education – Leading, Learning and Teaching in The Digital Age

This session focused on the potential of technology in creating high quality scalable teacher training solutions. Participants presented possible tools and brainstormed ways in which technology solutions could be adopted and implemented by teacher training institutions.

The session on Teachers’ Education was attended by Dr. Amarjit Singh, Additional Secretary, MHRD, Government of India

3. Private Sector Contribution to K-12 Education

FICCI and Ernst & Young released a report titled “Private Sector’s Contribution to K-12 Education in India,” which highlights the opportunity for private providers of school quality in India and identifies key regulatory challenges faced by this sector that limit its participation.

4. Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) in Education: The Road Ahead

FICCI and Central Square Foundation released a report on “Public-Private Partnerships in School Education: Learning and Insights for India.” The report traces the evolution of PPPs in education in India, emphasizes the need for brownfield PPP schools in the urban parts of the country, and shares national and international case studies as evidence.

The session on PPPs was attended by Dr. Radha Chauhan, Joint Secretary, MHRD and Mr. Satish Upadhyay, Chairman, School Education Committee, South Delhi Municipal Corporation

A working paper developed jointly by FICCI, Ernst & Young, McKinsey and Central Square Foundation on ‘Enhancing the Effectiveness of Public Spend on Education’ was also released.

Going forward, FICCI’s objective is to share the recommendations proposed in the reports and working papers with policymakers, engaging with them to develop effective policies focused on improving the quality of school education in India.