State holds consultative meet on National Education Policy

State holds consultative meet on National Education Policy
NEP representatives and School Education officials during the Consultative meeting. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, AUG 13 (NPN) | Publish Date: 8/13/2019 11:57:50 AM IST

As Government of India (GoI) intends to bring out National Education Policy (NEP) to meet the changing dynamics of people’s requirement for quality education, innovation and research, School Education directorate organised a State consultative meeting on Draft NEP 2019 at Capital Convention Centre here Tuesday.

NEP envisages making India knowledge superpower by equipping its students with necessary skills and knowledge and the draft focused on access, equity, quality, affordability and accountability of the education system in the country. This was stated by former CBSE director (Acad) NEP representative G Balasubramanian in during power point presentation on Draft NEP.

He said GoI has embarked on a time-bound grassroots consultative process, which would enable the Union human resource development (HRD) ministry to reach out to individuals across the country through direct consultations while also taking input from citizens online.

Balasubramanian said Draft NEP 2019 was a collaborative effort, reaching stakeholders at the block level to understand the changes required in the educational structure, adding that the committee had also proposed renaming HRD ministry to education ministry.

The key takeaways of the Draft NEP 2019 included extension of Right to Education (RTE) Act to cover children from 3 to 18 years of age as it covered students till the age of 14 years at present.

The draft also proposed restructuring of schools into school complexes and a move in this direction had already been initiated by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) from this year and there would be no strict separation of learning areas in terms of curricular, co-curricular or extra-curricular areas.

While focusing on teacher education, the draft has also proposed multiple multidisciplinary programmes for teachers to be included in large universities, while a proposal of a four-year integrated stage-specific B Ed programme has also been presented by the HRD ministry.

Balasubramanian said NEP 2019 was committed to provide a renewed focus on Indian languages from early and formative years.

Speaking at the meeting, School Education adviser KT Sukhalu acknowledged GoI for its concern for all the States to participate in drafting the new education policy where every citizen was given an opportunity to express his/her views. He said the process was very difficult as there were many sectors that needed attention.

He remarked that though Nagaland had high literacy rate yet it could not be compared with Kerala or Mizoram or any other States even though the education might be the same as Naga social life, mindset and system were different.

Stating this, Sukhalu called for giving views and suggestions to GoI so that their concerns too could be taken into account. He, however, regretted that NEP 2019 was more concerned about urban areas, whereas there were many villages across States and to implement it in all the schools would be difficult.  

The adviser further commented that though private schools had their own mechanism to address any issue or any added responsibility on their own, a new scheme in government schools needed to be reviewed as they required more manpower and resources.

He suggested any new scheme should be reviewed after five years as the system kept changing, adding this was one of the biggest challenges for the State government.

Sukhalu was, however, optimistic that the consultative meeting would bring out best views and suggestions, which would all be then put forth and a workable education policy would be brought about.

The programme was chaired by School Education director Wonthungo Tsopoe, while principal secretary School Eeducation Menuokhol John delivered the keynote address.  

Members of student organisations also attended the consultative meet.

The organisers insisted that the participants submit their views, comments and suggestions within a week time.


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