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A Promissory Draft

A glance at the NEP report, that promises radical changes

A Promissory Draft
Future Gazing | Photograph by Tribhuvan Tiwari
A Promissory Draft
outlookindia.com
2019-06-14T11:14:38+05:30
  • 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.

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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...

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