In a revolutionary move, the Narendra Modi-led central government replaced a 34-year-old National Policy on Education, framed in 1986, with the National Education Policy (NEP) of 2020, on July 29. Ever since, it has been the talk of the town with parents and students trying to comprehend the impact of the new policy. Bringing a sea of change, most educators suggest that the NEP is ambitious and futuristic. According to the Government, the NEP 2020 is formulated after having considered over 2 lakh suggestions from different levels of local self-bodies, 2.5 lakh gram panchayats, 6,600 blocks, 6,000 ULBs and 676 districts with the aim of holistic productivity and contributing citizens for building an equitable, inclusive, and plural society with an increased Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) of 50% by 2035. “There’s a positive side to everything it just takes a positive mind to see it” The reason why I appreciate NEP 2020 are as follows:- Let’s have a quick and brief understanding.
- MULTI-LINGUAL APPROACH I know I know what you’re gonna say, there is just talk about learning in regional languages and not in different languages. But understand, private schools will not remove English but instead add regional language to it. So from an early age let’s say 4 or 5 years kids will learn in different languages. And this will facilitate them lifelong because whatever learned at an early age will remain with them for the rest of their life. So yes our future generations will have a chance to learn different languages from an early age.
- OVER-ALL DEVELOPMENT BY ADDING ALL ACTIVITIES
The new structure 5+3+3+4 instead of 10+2 is more flexible and it includes all other activities of the child in their results. Now, sports, coding, art and everything will be considered as important as science, maths or English. These other activities will finally have an impact on a child’s results and career.
- INTERNSHIP AND VOCATIONAL TRAINING
The 3rd stage, which is standard 6th child will have vocational training in different fields such as carpentry, electrician, painter etc. And have a 10 days internship period where children will go to school without any bag pack. This will make time respect different occupations and the mind-set that certain occupations are of low respect will be cleared by making them more inclusive then we are.
- SUBJECT SELECTION AND SUBJECT LEVEL SELECTION
The 4th stage, which is when a child is in 9th standard, he will have to select a subject that he wants to learn instead of selecting streams after 10th. Here he will also have a chance to select a subject if he likes chemistry but it is tough for him he can opt for medium level chemistry which will be reflected in his results.
- MULTI LEVEL ENTRY-EXIT PROGRAM
Say one student after one year of college feels like he is not very interested in his current course then he can change the course in the second year and transfer first year’s credit points to the New Year and start with second year. If somehow he cannot continue his course after 1st year he will get a certificate in that course after second year he will get diploma after 3rd year he will get a degree and after 4th year he will get a degree with research.
- FOREIGN UNIVERSITIES COMING TO INDIA
The new policy approved top hundred foreign universities to come to India and open its campus here will make our education system more inclusive and universal, quality will also improve and students will have a chance to study in better colleges without leaving their own country. Our education system has taken a major step for the new more inclusive, better and universal learning. Of course there are some changes needed but remember to always look on the bright side of everything. Let’s hope for the better future of the nation.