National Education Policy (NEP-2020): A historic reformation

The new education policy will reduce the race for marks and shear pressure on the students. Due to race to get good marks and to be in the top, many good students are losing their creativity.

Written by July 31, 2020 18:01

It is indeed a historic moment for the country that the much awaited and much needed education policy has come after 34 years after its first policy. This is really an appreciable work done by the present govt. This education policy will reduce the race for marks and shear pressure on the students. Due to race to get good marks and to be in the top, many good students are losing their creativity. However, success of NEP will depend on proper implementation.

As a concerned citizen of India; few points/suggestions have been pin-pointed in the following section for the betterment of the policy:

1. New 5+3+3+4 curriculum with 3-years of Anganwadi/Pre-schooling

 Since the age between 3-6 is the foundational years of the child and as per NEP these years will be dedicated to the Anganwadi for the foundation of the children. Now the question is what will be the credential of these Anganwadi teachers/workers? Will it be metric or 10+2 as per current eligibility criteria? As per the current situation, it is seen that most of the workers who have higher secondary qualification do not have the ability to give basic education to the children. It is suggested that the Anganwadi workers should have at least a minimum qualification of graduation and basic training to be given before inducting her or him to the Anganwadi centre.

 Textbook with local content and flavor: Keeping in view of the current book content of the NCERT, it is emphasized that the content/ chapters of the north-eastern region be included so that the region outside the northeast will know and understand the culture, geographical locations and its existence. Region centric content should be included in the textbooks so that learning with fun culture can be made.

 Moral Values: To reinstate the old-age Guru-Shishya bonding, moral values in the form of school education should be included in the curriculum as today’s generation has forgotten the old-age tradition of Guru-Shishya bonding.

2. Vocational Education starting from class 6

Indeed it is a welcoming step to make our children “Aatm-Nirbhar” but the question is “is it not too early to make students engaged in vocational courses at the mere age of 10-11 years?” Whereas it is the age when children don’t want to get bonded by this kind of education system; where it is the time when everything seems burden except for playing. Therefore, it is suggested that instead of class 6, this training may be introduced from class 8 onwards.

3. Teaching upto at least grade 5 in mother tongue/regional language

This very step is the need of hour as our mother tongue and regional languages are losing it’s value with the passing time. But as concerned citizen, there is always questions lingering around the mind. Suppose a person has to move to other state because of job and the regional language of the particular state is different from his current state then what alternative will be made for the children admitted in the new state? Will the school arrange separate class for the new students or he or she has to learn the new regional language? Instead of teaching curriculum in mother tongue or regional language, it will be better to include a course where the students have to learn mother tongue/regional language along with the other curriculum in English.

4. Multiple entry/exit to be allowed with appropriate certificate

This is indeed an appreciable step for those students who may not be able to complete his/her education because of the unavoidable reasons or because of conflict in interest. But many may take advantage of this policy. So, restrictions may be imposed in the entry/exit numbers.