Recently Indian government announced and launched a new education policy. There are some major changes that will be implemented in the coming years. The new education policy or NEP is not only for schools but also for colleges, universities, and higher education in India. For now, the policy looks promising with new changes but we will have to wait and watch to see its implications.
As a mom, I am glad that a step has been taken in this direction. The Indian education system needed a change but it is not something which came out of the blue as talks were already going on to revamp it. Finally, it is revamped after 34 years.
The world has changed a lot and it makes sense to change the way we teach our kids and the kind of knowledge we impart to them.
According to Aesha Shah, a mom and an educator – A very progressive move. I am planning to check out the Government website to understand the policy in detail. But I am particularly happy that education will be more holistic now and students can make subject choices and they will have the opportunity to explore and grow.
Stuti Mehrotra, a Montessori school founder and director shared her thoughts – The new policy looks good! Progressive! Only medium of instruction as regional language till grade 5 is not very welcome and we hope there are more choices for this.
Here are a few important pointers from the policy which we liked –
- Instead of 10+2 structure, the new policy has a 5+3+3+4 structure which is for schools. 3-5 grade is early school, 6-8 is the middle school, 10, 11 and 12 come under high school.
- Vocational education will be part of the bandwagon and kids will learn to use their hands more. Practical knowledge was something that was missing from the old policy. So, it’s a wonderful change and it will bring in creative learning too.
- The high school kids will be able to able to choose different subject combinations instead of the norm of only choosing a set of subjects related to one particular field.
- There will be a change in the exam system too and the kids do not have to mug up everything. Also, there will be a lot of flexibility in the syllabus too. The content won’t be as heavy as it is now.
- The entire segregation of vocational and academics will be debunked but it will happen slowly. The extracurricular activities will be given the same value as other subjects.
- There will be the introduction of subjects like coding, AI, etc as mainstream subjects as these are need of the hour and can help kids with analytical learning.
- The core content and syllabus will remain but whatever is non-essential will be removed but it is still in talks.
- The report card and assessment system will be completely different as it will not only be the teacher who will assess the child.
- There are more choices for students. For example, a student who is not able to finish a degree can still get a diploma certificate for whatever years he/she finished.
These are a few points which we understood and simplified for you. There are many more pointers which look promising too. The government is planning to implement it slowly as a sudden change will not be helpful for kids. It will be a little challenging for teachers as they have to undergo trainings to learn the new stuff.
So, for now, let’s all wait and watch. I am keeping my fingers crossed and hoping for something which can be beneficial for kids in the long run. For me, the best thing is that now focus will be on learning and not only on marks.
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August 6, 2020 at 4:45 pm
I am excited for this new policy. I read it in detail now and I am particularly happy for parents like me who wanted the child to study in an Indian board and wanted the flexibility that foreign boards such as IGCSE and IB offer. Also I wanted my daughter to do her graduation in India and now with the recommendation in the new policy that foreign universities can set up campus in India , I am really happy that we can get international quality of teaching-learning methods within our country too. However the key is going to be the implementation so I am looking forward to how it is incorporated.