With a focus on "learning how to learn", the NEP 2020 is a document that dreams of an India in which school exams are replaced by continuous assessment and colleges metamorphose into centres of multidisciplinary learning. It is a broad vision – a roadmap of sorts – for an overhaul in the Indian education system that will take at least a couple of decades to implement.
But what are the hits and what are the misses?
In schools, the decision to focus on a curriculum for early childhood care and education has received widespread appreciation from academics.
But while the NEP seeks to break away from traditional pedagogy, Anjela Taneja, a founding member of RTE Forum, argues that the policy . For instance, the policy’s emphasis on vocational, non-formal education brings with it the risk of premature streaming of children from marginalised communities and poor families into lower quality of education, she adds.
"“Will all children studying in a district have the same mother tongue? What will happen to those who come from other states?”" - Meeta Sengupta
It is not school reforms alone. From turning all institutes of higher education into autonomous degree-giving colleges by 2035 to introducing multiple entry and exit points for degrees, NEP 2020 has an equal focus on reforming advanced education, at least on paper.
According to , “Not every student needs to do a three-year degree. For some, one year is appropriate. It also brings things that are very vocational into the one-year format.” Watch the interview right here:
Meanwhile, Congressman Shashi Tharoor, who welcomed the policy, questioned the government on its decision to ratify the draft before introducing it in the Parliament first. Watch his interview here:
There is no doubt that the NEP is an ambitious document. But don’t most polices look ? Asserting that the NEP offers remedies without explaining implementation, said, “Unless a law is passed to ensure that six percent of GDP is spent by states and the Centre on education, only a handful states will implement the policy.”
We only hope and pray that he is terribly wrong.
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