Less stress on boards, common college entrance test in sweeping education reforms
NEW DELHI: In sweeping “toddler to college” reforms, seen as the most ambitious since the introduction of the 10+2+3 system, the go nment on Wednesday unveiled the new National Education Policy that restructures school education by setting out age 3-6 years as pre-school, de-emphasises “high stakes” boards, introduces a SAT-like university entrance test and offers the option of a four-year bachelor’s degree at the undergraduate level.
The changes in the board structure, which seek to make the exams a test of “core competencies”, will be implemented from the 2021 academic session. The new university entrance test will be implemented for college admissions in the 2022 academic session. NEP aims to provide students with increased flexibility and subjects and there will be no rigid separation between arts and sciences, curricular and extra-curricular activities, etc, the go nment said.
Emphasis on vernacular medium
Announcing the reforms, HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal and I&B minister Prakash Javadekar said vocational education will start in schools from the sixth grade and will include internships. The policy seeks to empha-sise learning in regional language or mother tongue.
“Since most of the learning happens in the mother tongue, we ensure that wherever possible, the medium of instruction until Class 5, but preferably till Class 8 and beyond, will be in home language, mother tongue, regional language. Starting from the foundational stage, children will be exposed to different languages, with a particular emphasis on the mother tongue,” said Pokhriyal.
The reforms look to substantially alter the college education system and replace the University Grants Commission with a new regulator — the Higher Education Commission of India with verticals for regulation, standard-setting, grants and accreditation.
The big push in the school education system is to convert it to a “5+3+3+4” system with three years as pre-schooling. There will be school examinations in Grades 3, 5, and 8 to be conducted by an appropriate authority. Board exams for Grades 10 and 12 will be “redesigned” and a new National Assessment Centre, Parakh (Performance Assessment, Review, and Analysis of Knowledge for Holistic Development), will be set up as a standard-setting body.
The policy proposes that Sanskrit be offered at all levels of school and higher education as an important, enriching option for students including as an option in the three-language formula.
I would say that NEP 2020 is the most groundbreaking reform Modiraj has made and a turning point that will change how new Indians will be like. I never studied Vedas, I feel that the inclusion of Vedas in the curriculum could immensely help produce scholars par excellence. The vernacular system until Class 12 will make scholars.
Great initiative. Should be backed by total removal of Leftist education that was propogated since Independence.
Most of reforms look good except languages. Sanskrit is a dead language, no need to push students. It should be optional. English should be medium of instruction if we want to keep our edge in future.
A much needed step to build New India.
yes This reform was long awaited and is welcome step for the govt and people of our country.
Introduce Vedic mathematics in schools. We used it for algorithm development, it's amazing. (Mathematics was never my favourite subject until I touched Vedic mathematics and jyamitiya).
sanskrit, culture, mother tongue these are required but English is most important for science and technology
English is a must
Also reservations based on caste, creed, religion should be scrapped and only merit should be the main criteria for selection.
scrap the reservation first
Good job jai hind, coming generation is very lucky, as always Modi ji you are Great
current system tests only memory power of student, its good that future assessment will be based on aptitude & understanding. the best part is importance given to Mother tongue , currently parents stress on learning English more that mother tongue.
unless until if there is reservation in this country , nothing is going to happen ... must remove reservation also
Reform should include every part, now rural part and urban education have vast difference. first provide infrastructure to rural India where child can match with urban student. Education has now become business, collecting huge fees, this aspect should be taken care. Right to education should be equal for all.
K Mohan Hyderabad city
Emphasis given for regional language is the far reaching decision to satisfy the states
This reform is really commendable and it will release the unnecessary pressure from students. Thank you Modiji
Maank bhushan Abhi
its a good step towards education system. please update the syllabus too. the book i read during my childhood, are also used to read by my brother who is 15 year younger to me....!
Bring something to regulate fee in private schools who are looting public. Unlike US where education is state sponsored in India politicians run private schools.
We are copying the American system.
No harm in copying any system which has atleast 6 of the top 10 Universities in the world.
Well done !! Much needed ... wish we had this 20 years ago !!