- The New Education Policy draft had a controversial opening with the ‘three-language formula’ proposal. It has now been revised by the government.
- The draft has proposed a formulation of many new institutions apart from setting some tall goals. It hopes to double school enrolment to 50 per cent by 2025.
The New Education Policy draft arrived with a bang, its ‘three-language formula’ proposal immediately sparking off a nationwide debate on that old bugbear—the imposition of Hindi. Taking stock of the discontent, the government quickly revised the policy draft. Now that that’s settled, let’s move on to what entails the draft. The 484-page tome begINS with a section titled ‘Drawing from India’s Heritage’ and a quote from the PM’s favourite, Swami Vivekananda. As a balancing act, the section ends with an Einstein quote; treading the fine line between politics and policy.
In all, in keeping with the government’s focus, the draft pushes for the strengthening of anganwadis and a new 5+3+3+4 system instead of the 10+2 formula in use since 1968. The Right to Education Act has been extended while the ‘school complex’ idea has been included.
Prof. Aninhalli R. Vasavi, anthropologist and researcher, says that the report is unlike BJP-drafted reports of the past in that it is not “dripping with saffronisation”, calling instead “for a recognition of the real and historical contributions of Indian scholarship and of ‘lok vidya’.” She, however, hints that a lot of new institutions proposed by the draft, such as a National Higher Education Regulatory Authority, a National Repository of Educational Data and a General Education Council, may...