Prime Minister Narendra Modi on NEP 2020: Government’s intervention on education policy should be minimal

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the inaugural session of the governors’ conference on the education policy said, ‘the government’s intervention and influence on the New Education Policy should be minimal.

Modi, via video conference said, ‘The more teachers, parents, students are associated with education policy, the more relevant and broad-based it will be. New national education policy focuses on learning instead of studying, and goes beyond the curriculum to focus on critical thinking. For 5 years, people across the country gave their suggestions. More than 2 lakh people had given their suggestions on the draft. All have contributed to its construction of the new education policy of India’.

The National Education policy was approved by the Union Cabinet in July. Modi praised the education policy, saying it will make way for opening campuses of the best international institutions in India so that youth from common families can also join them. “As foreign policy, defence policy are of the country, not government, so is education policy. It belongs to everyone,” he added.

The president added that the aim of the new policy is to provide basic literacy and numeracy to all children at primary school level by 2025.

The New Education Policy

The National Education Policy, approved by the government on July 29, was an election promise of the Bharatiya Janata Party in 2014 and the first one in 34 years. A panel headed by former Indian Space Research Organisation chief K Kasturirangan submitted a draft in December 2018, which was then made public and opened for feedback after the Lok Sabha election in May 2019.

It encourages the use of technology, the study of Sanskrit, and teaching in one’s mother tongue or regional languages up to Class 5. Meanwhile, Class 10 and 12 board examinations will be made easier, to test core competencies rather than memorised facts and all students will be allowed to take the exam twice. The policy will also introduce four-year undergraduate degrees with multiple entry and exit options, and abolish the M Phil degree.

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