It appears that in the view of the Modi government, school education is not a public good but a field where private profits can be made is what P Chidambaram Congress MP states to the Indian Express.
The New Education Policy 2020 was not ushered well by the opposition-led states like AAP ruled Delhi, Trinamool Congress-ruled West Bengal, and Congress-led Chhattisgarh. They vehemently opposed the passage of the NEP 2020 in the cabinet on 29th July.
The fact that this new education policy does not have any aspect of school education as a government responsibility notwithstanding as a private profit entity, which has not been accepted by many as it goes against the responsibility of the government to provide for equal education.
Privatization of Education System
Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia states to the Economic Times, “The policy might have made it easy for boards but it is not really required what we need is to do away with the method of rote learning and increase the ability of students and constantly evaluate and ensure so that students understands the concepts more.”
With more than 30 % of children who have been depriving education in India will be further shunned away from education rights with this new policy. A complete focus on privatization of the education sector was not something India needed while the percentage of poor stepwise increasing. Though, there has been a steep rise in the financial crisis between economically weaker sections, who have been facing trouble buying textbooks and stationeries for their children.
Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel has mentioned that the policy does not include any of the strengthening of the infrastructure or teacher training. Teachers who had been tacking with the paradigm shift in the mode of education deserve much focus in the policies, which should include teacher training facilities by the government to enable proper dissemination of knowledge amidst the challenging times.
In the context of ‘centralization of the education’, Baghel mentioned that the students will be formally getting only 11 years of formal education with the new format of 5+3+3 as colleges worldwide always have criteria for 12-years of education. Also, he stated that there should have been more policies on how this E-learning method can be improvised.
West Bengal has also formed a 6-member-committee to go through the NEP 2020. The state Education Minister states that there has been no such consultation on the policy to the state.
Previously the government policies had funding proportion of 90:10 ratio, and now it is about 60:40 – 60% would be funded by the government and 40 % by the state is what Rajasthan Education Minister Govind Singh Dotasra states to the Economic Times.