Writer’s rant(Ex- schooler): I did cry out on being enlightened to this new system. Tears of happiness for my teenage sibling and that of sadness for my twenty year old sorry state. Here is a summarised rant of the amazing 9 page document( link provided).
Ministry of human resource in India, renamed as Ministry of education, has been very active lately. They’ve finally acknowledge focus on particle knowledge than redundant theory. The union cabinet chaired by the PM Shri Modi Ji approved the National Educational Policy 2020, making way for large scale transformational reforms in both school and higher education systems. This replaces the 34 years old National educational policy. This policy is built on foundational pillars of access, equity, affordability , accountability and quality, thereby aligned to 2030 agenda for sustainable development and to transform Indian school and college education system into a more multidisciplinary, flexible and holistic system.
Practical importance through application based and problem solving approach will be imparted. For instance coding will start class 6 onwards amidst other vocational studies and internships for sixth graders! I mean the only upgradation for me as a fifth grader was from a pencil to use of a pen. Anyways jokes apart, there will be more tech enabled education to keep the students engaged and technically sound/capable.
No hard separation of streams! Finally brown parents will have to digest that there is more to world than doctors , engineers and lawyers. My deep condolences to them. All the streams and subjects will be given equal importance FINALLY (coming from a science student, no offense).
.. Passed out gals like myself now be wondering how the other science lads could opt for getting skilled in playing that savage electric guitar along with the laws of physics.
..while the perks of old education system would be that earlier students could easily blame it all on the education system “ki galti” (it being merciless)? Now younger pals ought to use a different excuse…
Other highlights of the news education policy are:
- Best is the mother tongue to be enabled till 5th grade, sahi hai.
- Vocational crafts like carpentry, electric work, metal work, gardening, pottery making etc. to be provided, seems like more of real learning and less of rote learning!
- Instead of a 10+2 system it will be of 5+3+3+4 format. Up to 5 pre – school, 6 to 8 Mid school, 8 to 11 high school and 12th on wards graduation.
- Education budget to be increased from 4.6 to 6 %.
- Master in Philosophy to be discontinued.
- Less focus on board exams, where school exams will be conducted twice a year.
- While curriculum is set to be reduced in size so that the focus can remain on the core concepts. It would include elements like mathematical thinking, century skills and much needed scientific temper to suit 21 st century.
- College fees fixed by government, hence no hefty fees.
- A common entrance exam (NTA, National Testing Agency) to be used asses the academic strength of the students, like Indianized version of SATs’. Of course it will be optional.
- There will be four year undergraduate programmes with multiple exit options.
- National research foundation will input necessary steps to inculcate a culture of research amongst the young schoolers.
- “Gender inclusion fund” would provide equitable quality education fir all girls and transgender students.
- Numerically speaking, 50% Gross Enrolment Ratio is expected by 2035
- common standards of learning in public and private school
- teachers to be prepared for assessment reforms by 2023
- Universalisation from ECCE to secondary education
Education industry is important. In fact economies of developed nations like Australia have education sector as its third blooming sector in export business (ICEF monitor, 2017). India wants to allow foreign universities to open campus in country under new education policy. It’s a great marketing motive indeed! Thus India aims to replicate the same model by emerging as a global knowledge superpower in the near future? Get Ivy league treatment in India?! Imagine Nottingham, UK to Nottingham, Malaysia. And next is Nottingham, India? How about Monash university, India? Awkwardly, it doesn’t seem that difficult to imagine. Even better Delhi University, Australia? Okay I am done. This concerned policy won’t be effective immediately however measures are expected to be
completed by the year 2030. Rekindling the words of Amit shah, Indian Minister of Home Affairs, as he tweeted recently , ” Education is the foundation of any nation and for the last 34 years, India was in dire need of such a futuristic policy.”
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