New Education Policy:Top 10 Highlights. Our education system had been under scrutiny and criticism since a very long time. Many suggestions were made from time to time for a major reform in the system. There are many drawbacks with the system of education, both in schooling and the college level, the outcome of which was the popularization of ‘rattafication’ culture or the ‘cramming culture’. The vastness of syllabus, the inefficient form of exams and a very scarce practicality in education owed to it.
However, the government took a great initiative regarding the matter, this step has revolutionized the entire system of education in the country.
New Education Policy:Top 10 Highlights
A few major reforms in our education system have been sanctioned by the
cabinet. These reforms could completely transform the education system. Herein we shall be looking at the main highlights of the policy.
1) School complexes to be used for adult education courses
after school hours:Use of schools/ school complexes beyond school hours and public library spaces for adult education courses which will be ICT-equipped when possible and for other community engagement and enrichment.
2) More focus on vocational studies in school- level
In new Education Policy:Top 10 Highlights, the second point is about Every child to learn at least one vocation and exposed to several more.
Sampling of important vocational crafts, such as carpentry, electric work, metal work,gardening, pottery making, etc., as decided by States and local communities during Grades 6-8.
By 2025, at least 50% of learners through the school and higher education system shall have exposure to vocational education
A 10-day bagless period sometime during Grades 6-8 to intern with local vocational experts such as carpenters, gardeners, potters, artists, etc.
3) NIOS to develop high quality modules for Indian Sign Language
NIOS will develop high-quality modules to teach Indian Sign Language, and to teach other basic subjects using Indian Sign Language.
4) Free boarding facilities in JNV
Free boarding facilities will be built – matching the standard of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas particularly for students who from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds
5) Dedicated unit for digital and online learning
A dedicated unit for the purpose of orchestrating the building of digital infrastructure, digital content and capacity building will be created in the MHRD to look after the e-education needs of both school and higher education. A comprehensive set of recommendations for promoting online education consequent to the recent rise in epidemics and pandemics in order to ensure preparedness with alternative modes of quality education whenever and wherever traditional and in-person modes of education are not possible, has been covered
6) Minimum qualification for teaching – 4 year integrated B.Ed degree
A new and comprehensive National Curriculum Framework for Teacher Education, NCFTE 2021, will be formulated by the NCTE in consultation with NCERT. By 2030,the minimum degree qualification for teaching will be a 4-year integrated B.Ed. degree .Stringent action will be taken against substandard stand-alone Teacher Education Institutions (TEIs).
7) HECI- Common regulatory body for entire higher education
Higher Education Commission of India(HECI) will be set up as a single overarching umbrella body the for entire higher education, excluding medical and legal education. HECI to have four independent verticals – National Higher Education Regulatory Council (NHERC) for regulation, General Education Council (GEC ) for standard setting, Higher Education Grants Council (HEGC) for funding, and National Accreditation Council( NAC) for accreditation.
8) Various new provisions for children with disabilities
Children with disabilities will be enabled to fully participate in the regular schooling process from the foundational stage to higher education, with support of educators with cross disability training, resource centres, accommodations, assistive devices, appropriate technology-based tools and other support mechanisms tailored to suit their needs. Every state/district will be encouraged to establish “Bal Bhavans” as a special daytime boarding school, to participate in art-related, career-related, and play-related activities. Free school infrastructure can be used as Samajik Chetna
9) Education sector to get 6% of GDP, earlier it was 1.7%
Rajya Sabha MP, Subramanian Swamy tweeted, “I welcome the new Education Policy of the Modi government. I had a discussion with the MoHD earlier which I had tweeted. My suggestion was the Education must get 6% of GDP not the present 1.7%. This has been accepted in the new Policy.
10) No hard separation of streams for students
Students will be given increased flexibility and choice of subjects to study,
particularly in secondary school – including subjects in physical education,
the arts and crafts, and vocational skills
There will be no hard separation among ‘curricular’, ‘extracurricular’, or ‘co-curricular’, among ‘arts’, ‘humanities’, and ‘sciences’, or between
‘vocational’ or ‘academic’ streams.
Subjects such as physical education, the arts and crafts, and vocational skills, in addition to science, humanities, and mathematics, will be incorporated throughout the school curriculum.
Each of the four stages of school education, may consider moving towards a
semester or any other system that allows the inclusion of shorter modules.
These were the main highlights of the policy. The step is a very vital one in
an appropriate time, although it’s execution might face many hurdles. Hope
that this policy gets manifested very soon.
Cheers, to all those students who shall be a part of this scheme..
You’ve a better future ahead of you.