Editorial

Ideas and ideas

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 8/3/2020 12:28:14 PM IST

 Broadly, two areas where the Modi government in its second-consecutive innings, does not lack is on the plethora of ideas and rhetoric. Sometimes rhetoric also come with catchy acronyms- INCH Towards MILES (India-China towards a Millenium of Exceptional Synergy); ROAD (Responsibility, Ownership, Accountability and Discipline); AK-49: (Arvind Kejriwal-49 days in power); SMART: (Strict and Sensitive, Modern and Mobile, Alert and Accountable, Reliable and Responsive, Techno savvy and Trained” police force); NITI:(National Institution for Transforming India); FDI: (First Develop India) or AMRUT (Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation) etc. Modi has many other ideas through which the country is sought to be transformed bereft of liberalism and Nehruvianism. After efforts that began sometime in 2015, the Modi government has unveiled its plan on TNTE or ( transform the nation through education) to coin a new abbreviation. The Modi government’s New Education Policy(NEP) has been announced a few days back. It is yet to be finalised from its draft form but nevertheless it has received both bouquets and brickbats. The Modi government’s NEP is divided into four parts: School education, higher education, other key focus areas such as professional education, technology, digital education, etc and finally how to implement the recommendations. There are many new ideas incorporated in the NEP which seek to make the country’s education system more holistic and flexible. To quote the popular cliché, the Modi government’s prescription for the NEP concept is to make youth “job creators” instead of “job seekers” and is an attempt to transform the intent and the content of the country’s education system. Most importantly, the NEP also suggests linking teacher salary increases and promotions to merit and performance which will be determined by a combination of factors such as reviews by students, peers, attendance, et cetera. Additionally, their promotions and salary increases will be done only after endorsement of school management committee (which will have parents of students in majority. One of the most important recommendations made in the new policy is that teaching up to at least grade five is to be in the mother tongue/regional language. There are several arguments being advanced against this recommendation by experts. Some argue that the NEP should have also included English medium education from primary school onwards. Others argue that this recommendation goes against the apex court’s verdict of 2014, stating that the imposition of the mother tongue as the medium of instruction in primary classes is unconstitutional. If it is about ideas , clichés, abbreviations or acronyms, the Modi government has outdone any other government but unfortunately, these have yet to yield the desired results. Education especially cannot transform even with the best of ideas or intentions. To begin with, the government is certainly not the right institution to sow and nurture a transformative education. The strength of education Lies in the wealth of awareness and knowledge of the students and their merit not being judged on their memory but their ability- to analyse, reason out and rationalise. Authorities sitting over government and private institutions have to also equip themselves to bring about transformation of their systems. Government alone cannot bring the drastic changes in the educational system. And the less the government bureaucracy tinkers with curriculum, the better since these have become inadequate and irrelevant. However, the biggest irony of it all is that, we find it popular to talk of change when we don’t really mean it.

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