Hyderabad: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu while interacting with students of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Wednesday in Hyderabad said syllabi for school children in the country should be halved and students should learn “50 per cent from their classrooms and the rest from playgrounds.”
The Vice President said that it is good to know facts and understand theories from books, but it is more important to be able to understand concepts and to gauge their practical applications. "It is important to learn to do things, to develop practical and pragmatic wisdom", he said.
The Vice President said that whole examinations should be based on measuring a child’s capacity simply to question the things around him or her. "This will encourage young people to never be content with the status quo and help to make change a relatively easy process", he said.
The Vice President urged the young students to never let their marks define or restrict them in any way. You are much more than the numbers on your report card, he added.
The President opined that education imparted should be all encompassing, comprehensive and holistic. He further said that only half the school time should be spent in classrooms learning, the other half should be spent in playgrounds and in nature.
"Some of life’s crucial lessons are learnt by the children from playgrounds, such as sportsmanship, empathy and teamwork", he added.
Along with physical fitness schools should also encourage other extracurricular activities, the Vice President said. "Love for the fine arts and interest in literary activities should also be inculcated in children, they teach children the art of living and working together", he added.
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