New Delhi, August 14, 2020: India is becoming one of the developed countries across the globe and among all the sectors education being the most important. Talking about education, the New Education policy has released to implement a better education for our nation. Thus, The Policy Times in association with SunRise University had organised an hour-long webinar to discuss on the ‘Future of School Education implying the New Education Policy’ and how Covid has hampered our education and how the schools are coping with the crisis on Friday August 14, 2020 from New Delhi.
The speakers for the day were Dr. Anup Pradhan; Vice- Chancellor of Sunrise University Prof (Dr) Khwaja M. Rafi, Director of Mewat Engineering College, and Prof Dr. Ravinder Kumar, Dean of Social- Science of Jamia Millia Islamia University. The moderator of the show was Mr. Akram Hoque, Founder- Editor of The Policy Times.
Explaining the bright side of NEP 2020, Dr. Anup Pradhan says, “The new Education Policy 2020 has introduced a new pattern of 5+3+3+4 education system. A child will now have to stay with their parents and learn from the home environment till the age of 3 and after that will be send to school. The new policy introduced the “Khelo Kudu Padho” scheme which in turn will help the students in developing physically. The students will now have a grasp in the regional language, as well as learn their mother- tongue. Students will have to learn coding in computers from classes VI and onwards, which will help in making different software. Students will be able to enjoy the experience of different projects. A student will have the right to choose any subject with combination of other subjects according to their likes and dislikes, for e.g. if a student opts for biology he /she can even choose music as a subject from classes IX and onwards. In graduation students can choose subjects according to their own will. There will be no loss in years of students, if a student studies for 1 year he/she will get a certificate for the course, for 2 years will get diploma certificate, and for all 3 years will get a degree. A student who wants to go in research has to complete the fourth year and then can do PhD.
“The National Education Policy is based on five basic principles, Accessibility, Affordability, Quality, Accountability and Equity. It is accessible to all, affordable to all and equity in terms of justice and fairness. The NEP strives to come over all the backdrops of the last education policy. It emphasises on the state level run schools in regional languages and mother- tongue language. No school can force to follow a particular medium of education; students will opt according to their wish. Students have relaxation of leaving education as per their wish but will get a degree whenever he/she leaves education. The NEP takes into consideration the welfare and wellbeing of the minority sections of our country. The budget of education has been increased 4times from before. The principles of NEP emphasises on skill development, which will help students to get jobs after school level. It follows the inclusive, participative and holistic approach,” briefed Prof. Ravinder Kumar.
In the context of NEP and its given flexibility in education, Prof (Dr.) Khawaja M. Rafi says, “The NEP has given flexibility in education is very necessary, and now this has been introduced which will definitely help the students. A student studying arts till class XII will be able to do MBBS according to the new policy which was never there in any education policy. This flexibility is open for all and does not depend on any caste, religion or minority section. Students will have different sections in education. Education policy is for all and will have many beneficiaries. Everyone should take up the initiative to follow the policy and provide flexibility to the students.”
According to the principal discussion, students will be able to choose subjects according to their will and will have the flexibility to change their subjects in their future. The digital education is helping students but it has become a problem for the students in the village areas due to internet connectivity.
Some principals stated that choosing of different subjects with one another will create an imbalance and students will not get enough idea about the subjects, which in turn can cause problem in their success in the near future. The new education policy had to come and has come up for the betterment of the nation. For the implementation one should not depend on government, one should adapt the changes and should imply the new policy and if this is done progress and success will come along with it. The schools should effectively imply this to fight the Covid crisis. It would be of great help if the government gives some guidelines about the implementation of the new policy in schools.
The Principals, who joined us for the show, were Principal Gaurishanker Codara, GSSS Moujdin, SIRSA, Principal Sunita Talwar, GSSS, Bichhor, Principal Muhammad Ushman, Govt. Girls Middle School, Doha Nuh, Principal Kutubuddin, GGSH, Bisru, Principal Shamim Ahmed, GSSS Shikrawa, Managing Director Naseem Ahmed, RK International School, Principal Mohd. Hayat Khan, GSSS, Multhan, Principal (Dr.) Saddik Ahmed, GSSS, Nun, Principal Mohd. Ali Government Model Sanskriti Senior Secondary School and Mr. Deepak Kumar, GHS, Jhirkha.