The bouquet of courses taught in the Indian schooling system has been broadened by the New Education Policy of 2020. For equitable national development and for achieving the heist level of human potential, education is the key thing required. Education encompasses the purpose of developing good citizen, scientific mindset, creativity, and imagination.
India’s Erstwhile Education Policy
For building up an inclusive and plural society, the education system’s objective should be on producing engaged, productive as well as contributing citizens. However, the educational policy that was functional since 1986, and had a revision in 1992, was centered by a syllabus, which was predominantly focused on a textbook centric learning process. Besides, the specified subjects like English, Mathematics, Computer and General Knowledge, Science, and Social Sciences are allowed at the primary level of schooling but were just not sufficient for practical skill development.
Possessing a thought process, which are a few steps ahead from the conventional textbook oriented education system, academics and scholars were vocal for a necessary change in the system for years. While, according to many of them, promoting additional subjects for developing skills and vocation should be started from an early age of students.
Ushering a change into the prior curriculum, the New Education Policy is targeted towards lessening the syllabus, which students used to memorize before the day of examination. Besides, the policy replaces it with an activity-based learning process that promotes logical thinking.
For the middle age classes, 6 to 8 standard, the syllabus would be based on learning different subjects of science, humanities, and arts. In this period, the teachers will also provide a strong focus on multi-disciplinary ‘cross-learning’ for finding out the connection between different subjects. The last four years of high schools will encompass multidisciplinary study.
While implementing this newly designed education policy, the focal point would be on generating greater flexibility, the ability of critical thinking, and provide enough choice between subjects for meeting students’ aspirations.
Role of Ed-tech
Online education or Ed-tech platforms can always be used as a potential tool to implement the changes of the New Education Policy of 2020. Many different online platforms like Coursera, NPETEL, etc are available today that provide detailed courses on many additional subjects, which are now part of the new education policy. Moreover, many of these platforms even offer legitimate certificates after the completion of these courses.
But, the fact is; still, now these platforms are not considered as a part of the formal education system. Hence, the government now can either develop an own Ed-tech platform or can employ the platforms, which are currently functional.
Recommendations by the Policy Times
- For making the students ready for the future workforce, an approach beyond theory-based and book-centric learning is required. Hence, more multidisciplinary and holistic training that surrounds Ed-tech platforms is expected from all Indian schools.
- The Government also needs to take care of the remote parts of India, which are still not technologically sound, and outside the range of internet connectivity.