The new National Education Policy (NEP), 2020 which was approved by the Union Cabinet on Wednesday, evoked mixed reactions from academicians as well as political leaders. While some welcomed the move, saying that it will make education more full-fledged, others argued that it would pave the way for privatization. In response to the National Education Policy (NEP), student and teachers’ bodies have released statements terming the new education policy as ‘anti-democratic’.
A few points of concern remain. These include:
The emphasis on mother tongue: Mother tongue as the language of instruction till fifth grade, which if brought into effect, might infringe the autonomy of parents.
English as optional till Class 8: This comes a greater cost eventually all formal and informal documents may be multilingual.
Examinations only in Classes 3, 5 and 8: Examinations are not just for checking a student’s potential, but a touchstone — a check and a preparation for education.
Colleges question remain unclear: It may also force all universities and colleges to become multidisciplinary, while their potential for such transition remains unclear.
Implementation:The question is whether these recommendations will be implemented even if NEP 2020 is a good document, its implementation may be restricted due to political and bureaucratic hostility.
- The Delhi University Teachers Association (DU TA) has said the National Education Policy will “dismember” universities by transferring the power over to a board of governors.
- Krantikari Yuva Sangathan (KYS) has said that the policy advocates ‘informalization’ of education.
- The Student Islamic Organisation (SIO) has called the policy “anti-federal, anti-constitutional, and a license to commercialize education in India”.It also said that the creation of “centralized” bodies proposed in the policy is “against the federal structure of the constitution as education comes under the ambit of both the central and state governments
- SFI in its official statement said “People from various walks of life demanded that such an education policy not be implemented and that more extensive discussions and consultations be held. Ignoring all that, the Union Cabinet has taken advantage of an extraordinary situation and passed the new education policy”
- At the same time, politics on the topic has been having
- The draft of New National Education Policy (NEP) was put out in the public domain seeking suggestions from all stakeholders, mainly academia, the teaching community, and the students. In addition, many intellectuals had also sent in their observations. None of these have been considered,” veteran CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury said.
- While Congress MP Shashi Tharoor has also called the new national education policy (NEP) “a step in the right direction”, he stated that its implementation would remain a challenge.
There is no doubt that the new National Education Policy is historic on many counts. The reforms suggested by the Narendra Modi government are those that many people used to only dream about. But the question is, whether these recommendations will be implemented.
This article is written by Mahima Rathod and edited by Rupreet Kaur Dhariwal.