The education system needs change, not polishing up. Critically analyze the statement in context of recent Draft national education policy.
Published: June 27, 2019
The draft national education policy was released recently. It was based on Committee led by Dr K. Kasturirangan.
Feature of draft NEP:
- It aims to cover theï¿½three years of preschool before Class 1
- It wants early childhood education to be overseen and regulated by theï¿½Ministry of HRD as part of the school system
- It suggests a newï¿½integrated curricular framework for 3 to 8-year olds
- Schools will be re-organized intoï¿½school complexes
- System for flexible and multiple board examinations
- Restructuring of the higher education institutions
- Establishment of a Rashtriya Shiksha Aayog
- Establishment of one higher education regulatorï¿½National Higher Education Regulatory Authority (NHERA)
Flaws in the draft NEP
- NEP talks of the 3-8 age groups as the foundational stage of education but studies have shown that in the 3-5 age group, growth and sensory experience is very different from the 5-8 groups. This was not addressed anywhere in the draft
- It talks of school preparedness rather than child development
- It is not a good idea to close down an existing school and provide a school complex which is far away
- There are several iniquities which cannot be ignored but the policy have just half a page on education of Dalits and OBCs
The approach should be an outcome-based education. Not only school but everywhere should be there. There is need to put a lot of importance on volunteers, local people. They will motivate the parents. Overall culture needs to change.
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