Opinion | NEP appears to be a genuine, reformative step in right direction
There is an attempt to clear the regulatory maze created by overlapping bodies
It has been 33 years since the last National Education Policy (NEP) was released in 1986. The world around us has evolved and re-evolved during this period. So has the context and relevance of education at all levels. The draft NEP 2019 appears to be a genuine reformative step in the right direction and conveys a sharp bias for action. Policy proposals such as providing greater room for student choice, shifting curricular focus from content to skills and essential learning, enhancing emphasis on foundational numeracy and literacy, building on learning outcomes and experiential learning, recognizing the relevance of liberal arts education at the senior level, providing flexibility in the examination system, and introducing a semester system at the senior level are indeed welcome. Long-awaited reforms in teacher education and a clear emphasis on their ongoing professional development are truly laudable.