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 the�three years of preschool before Class 1
  • It wants early childhood education to be overseen and regulated by the�Ministry of HRD as part of the school system
  • It suggests a new�integrated curricular framework for 3 to 8-year olds
  • Schools will be re-organized into�school 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 regulator�National 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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