A few days ago on 29th July New Education Policy India 2020 rocked the entire nation with speculations of what lies behind the curtains. What are its implications and directives and by how much it is going to affect the current education system in India?
Education Policy 2020: Important Highlights
Early Childhood Care and Education
The old education system which had a curriculum if 10 + 2 has been replaced by 5 + 3 + 3 +4. This implies that schooling starts at the age of 3. Consequently, the new system will have 12 years of education with 3 years of pre-schooling. The system will have age classified education in the following manner: 3-8, 8-11, 11-14, 14-18. Thus the new education policy aims at providing primary schooling to children and laying a stronger foundation for a better future of students.
Decreasing the drop out rates ensuring education at all levels
Under NEP the government has stressed on the Right to Education act that education must be accessible to all at all levels. To be clear, the undergraduate program will be of 3 or 4 years with multiple level of exit. Colleges will be deemed to provide certificate after a specific period of completion. The government may also establish academic bank of credit to digitally store the certificates and awards.
Multilingualism to grasp the power of language
It is a generic understood fact for all of us that we understand things in our native/mother tongue well than in other languages. Hence to make a balance of comprehensive education and learning the NEP postulates to include mother tongue as the medium of instruction until class 8 and beyond
Reforms in school education
The new education policy of 2020 encourages some major reforms in school education especially in the context of course curriculum. The new education policy strives to restructure the curriculum in order to make it more engaging and enjoyable. Each level of the 5+3+3+4 structure will reconcile to a new age learning preparing students for the modern world.
AI based assessments to boost digital learning
There will be a separate unit dedicated for digital and online learning. After the pandemic, education sector is the most affected among others. Schools are unable to re-open as not all of them have required infrastructure for a digital learning. Hence to ensure preparedness and secure and the same time, digital learning will become a mandate in near future. Moreover, coding will become a separately taught subject from class 6 onwards.
Empowering students flexibility of choosing subjects
Students at secondary level will have the liberty in terms of choices in subjects. There will be provisions to select courses like physical education, arts, crafts, vocational courses with no major demarcation between science, arts and commerce education as it used to be earlier. Thus it will foster a holistic development for the students of new age.
New Education Policy India 2020: Summing up
With that said above, it is just a short piece of summary with only the major points which the new education policy entails. The impact of new education policies will be far reaching and fruitful. It is indeed that a reform has come after 34 years and was much needed to improve the current education system in India.
Reforms in School Education
The New Education Policy India 2020 endeavors to make some radical changes in the current school education system. Especially in the case of the digital front, students will be allowed to learn coding skills from class 6 onwards. This is one of the most welcomed reform and we are in love with this move of the government. This is a hundred percent in light of the future of the country as well as its people. Technology is a major contributor to the Indian economy and every country that has a strong tech industry will have a better future than the latter.
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