NEP set to be rolled out in 2022, says PM1 min read . Updated: 11 Sep 2020, 01:06 PM IST
- The NEP 2020 talks about a systemic reform in the education sector, which includes-- multi-disciplinary education, vocational learning class six onward and less focus on exams, board marks, among others.
NEW DELHI : The new National Education Policy (NEP) is set to be rolled out in 2022, Prime Minister Narendra Modi indicated on Friday, giving a sense of clarity on a formal roadmap for the policy approved by the Union cabinet in July, a first in 34 years.
“In 2022, when India will be celebrating the completion of 75th year of Independence, all Indian students should be learning according to the direction and provision of the new education policy. It’s our collective responsibility," Modi said in Hindi at a school education conclave organized by the education ministry.
The statement comes amid criticism that use of native languages as a medium of instruction will be detrimental for higher education, and suggestions of top academicians of the country have not been incorporated. Some political parties, such as the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), said the policy had a political agenda.
Modi’s statement clears the ambiguity about when the new policy will come into effect. However, the Union education ministry, in collaboration with states, needs to clarify whether some policy prescriptions will be implemented in the 2021 academic year, and the rest in 2022-23.
They also need to clarify when the long-term plans, such as rationalization of institutions and schools, segmentation of higher educational institutions to three categories, and the establishment of the national research foundation would take place.
Teachers will have to learn the new ways and also unlearn some past learnings, PM Modi said. He also urged them to effectively implement the policy, which he said will give a “direction to 21st century India", and help achieve the aspirations and realities of the country".