The draft National Education Policy 2019 (Government of India) is now available at Government’s Website (https://mhrd.gov.in/sites/upload_files/mhrd/files/Draft_NEP_2019_EN_Revised.pdf). Comments and suggestions if any may be mailed to [email protected] before 30th June 2019.
The policy was formulated by a committee led by former ISRO chief K. Kasturirangan. Among other changes, the committee has suggested restructuring school curriculum and pedagogy in a 5+3+3+4 design, with 5 years of foundational stage (pre-primary school, grade 1 and grade 2), 3 years of preparatory (grades 3 to 5), 3 years of middle stage (grades 6 to 8) and 4 years of high stage (grades 9 to 12). This structure makes Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) an integral part of school education. The committee has also proposed the extension of Right to Education Act 2009 to cover children of ages 3 to 18, as well as renaming MHRD as Ministry of Education (MoE).
Other recommendations include a complete overhaul of board examinations, removing distinctions between different “streams” of study, incorporating Indian knowledge systems in the curriculum, constituting a National Education Commission, curbing arbitrary fees hikes by private schools, and changes to training of teachers. The existing Education Policy was framed in 1986 and revised in 1992.
[NEW UPDATE] Following protests from several states over a three-language plan that required children to compulsorily learn Hindi, the reference to Hindi has been removed in the controversial clause. The revised draft states that “students who wish to change one or more of the three languages they are studying may do so in Grade 6 or Grade 7, so long as they are able to still demonstrate proficiency in three languages…”. The old version had said that Hindi and English would continue to be among the three languages students would study in schools, be it in Hindi or non-Hindi speaking states.
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