Tamil Nadu: Panel for State Education Policy

The government of Tamil Nadu has recently formed a 13-member panel to frame the education policy of the state. The government had made a promise of formulating a state education policy in the 2021-22 state Budget.

Overview:

  • This panel will be headed by retired Delhi High Court Chief Justice D Murugesan.
  • The other panel members include Viswanathan Anand, former chess world champion, and T M Krishna, a prominent Carnatic musician.
  • From diverse sectors the panel members have been constituted.

The idea of the new state education policy

The idea of the new state education policy was announced in the Budget but the idea was first mooted in response to the Centre’s move of implementing the National Education Policy. The state’s school education minister, Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi in December 2021 had stated that the draft of this education policy will be prepared in a few months’ time by the panel of experts and it will be self-explanatory to the state’s position toward the NEP of the centre.

Tamil Nadu’s opposition to the NEP

The state is opposing the NEP due to several reasons that include common entrance tests under the NEP for all UG programmes, the introduction of a three-language policy when the state itself is following a two-language policy, and common exams for classes 3, 5 and 8. The state is also apprehensive about the four-year degree programme with multiple exits option.

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