This article is written by Deeksha Negi, a Second year Student of Kalindi College, (Delhi University).
“The real key to learning something quickly is to take a deliberate, intelligent approach to your learning.”– Lindsay Kolowich
Education is deemed to serve the foundation pillars of any society. It was in 1986 that the National Education policy was framed and in 1992 it was last reviewed and few changes were made but the best wasn’t assured. From decades the country has been suffering from a stagnant, age old system of providing education to our children which prioritises Grades and Marks More than Skills and Values.
Education Minister Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ hit the Big News by announcing National Education Policy 2020, paving way for transformational reforms in school and higher education systems in the country after the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday.
The New Reforms will change the NEP after 34 years. Built on the blocks of Access, Equity, Quality, Affordability and Accountability, this policy is aligned to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and aims to transform India into a Knowledge Hub.
With the Onset of
New education policy NEP2020 the Ministry of Human Resource Development has been renamed as Ministry of Education .
Let’s jump on to the Highlights of NEP2020
Emphasis on Foundational Literacy and Numeracy, no rigid separation between academic streams, extracurricular, vocational streams in schools.
The 10+2 curriculum will be replaced by New 5+3+3+4 school curriculum with 12 years of schooling and 3 years of Anganwadi/ Pre-schooling
Vocational Education to start from Class 6 with Internships for school students.
Students would be provided with the option of studying their core subjects in mother tongue/ regional language upto at least Grade 5.
It suggests Assessment reforms with 360 degree Holistic Progress Card, tracking Student Progress for achieving Learning Outcomes.
Multiple Entry / Exit to be allowed with appropriate certification. For example, Certificate after 1 year, Advanced Diploma after 2 years, Bachelor’s Degree after 3 years and Bachelor’s with Research after 4 years.
Academic Bank of Credits to be established to facilitate Transfer of Credits
NEP 2020 emphasizes setting up of Gender Inclusion Fund, Special Education Zones for disadvantaged regions and groups
Students will have increased flexibility and choice of subjects. There will be no rigid separations between arts and sciences, between curricular and extra-curricular activities, between vocational and academic streams
A comprehensive National Curricular Framework for School Education, NCFSE 2020-21, will be developed by the NCERT.
Sanskrit to be offered at all levels of school and higher education as an option for students, including in the three-language formula. Other classical languages and literatures of India also to be available as options. It is important to Note that No language will be imposed on any student.
Policy aims to achieve 100% youth and adult literacy.The Centre and the States will work together to increase the public investment in Education sector to reach 6% of GDP at the earliest.The effectiveness of this policy can’t be assured at present. However the framework indicates for a better Change.
The Full Draft of National Education Policy 2020 was uploaded on MHRD’s website and at ‘My Gov’ portal.