New Education Policy
The Indian education system has been crying out for a revolution for a long time now and The New Education Policy launched by the Government on Wednesday might just be that, or at least the beginning of that. The New Education Policy aims to shift the center of our educational system from one based mainly on rote learning and scoring A grades to one that gives due importance to an individual’s skills and capabilities in general.
The policy is responsible for one too many notable reforms, a relevant one of which is the discontinuation of the M.Phil degree. The remaining undergraduate, postgraduate, and Ph.D. courses will now be interdisciplinary. Also, all the institutions and universities providing higher education will now be governed by a single regulator.
As for school students, significant developments have surfaced. Students will now be instructed mainly in their mother tongues till class 5 in Indian schools. The curriculum taught by schools will also be altered to focus more on a student’s prowess and proficiency. Vocational subjects will be introduced from class 6 onwards. Students of class 6 and above will be taught coding as a part of 21st-century skills. This will enable them to develop games and applications for android, windows, iOS, and more. This move is globally applauded and even Google has advocated on its need in today’s times.
As for the report cards, they too will be changed and made more comprehensive. They will now include a statement on the skills and talents of the student instead of just grades and remarks.
The mighty and much-feared board exams, which have been a cause of much anxiety and tension amongst the students in India for time immemorial, have also been mended favorably for the students. Till now, the percentage you scored in board exams was supposed to be a major factor in determining your entire educational journey from there onwards as it opened or closed the gates of certain universities for the aspirant, and hence students were immensely pressurized. Now, however, in an attempt to loosen the noose, the stakes on the board exams have been lowered. Entry to universities and higher education will now be guarded by an SAT-type entrance exam and not be based solely on Board merit. This test will be implemented from the 2022 session.
Even the exams that will be conducted in schools, board as well as non-board, will now focus more on core competencies of an individual, rather than their ability to rote learn facts.
The Educational policy was last revised in 1992 and has been stagnant since hence it would suffice to say that these changes have been long overdue. In a country like India where the educational pressure is one of the highest, these changes are expected to bring a cool breeze of relief to the burdened students. With lessened and more practical a curriculum, students will now have more time to focus on their holistic and overall development and can explore vocational and artistic fields as well, if it appeals. We hope this change helps a lot of potential-filled pupils, who otherwise might stagger under pressure, shine bright!
By - Arpita pandey