The media is abuzz with discussions about the New National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, which is being hailed by most quarters as a revolutionary step forward. Naturally, academic circles that will have to reinvent themselves to fit into the new scheme of things are apprehensive, because people are normally change averse and change of such colossal import is bound to be scary. The parents, whose wards will be the ones to be affected directly, are also worried, nay, confused as they are yet to understand either the thought that has gone into the framing of the NNEP or the implications that it will have on education in India.
It is thus imperative that we discuss the broad direction of the policy and its major highlights to put things in the right perspective, for, the NEP 2020 is an ambitious and far-reaching policy that seeks to transform the Indian education system into one that is on par with the best in the world.
The salient feature of NEP 2020: A 5+3+3+4 education system The NNEP is a comprehensive and all-encompassing policy that seeks to revamp the Indian education system in its entirety. One of the most significant changes proposed by the NEP is the switch from the traditional 10+2 education structure to a new 5+3+3+4 education system. Under the new system, students will spend the first five years in elementary school (foundational stage), followed by three years in middle school (preparatory stage), three years in high school (middle Stage), and finally four years in the secondary stage. This, according to the policy planners, will allow for a more well-rounded and holistic education, as it is felt that the students will be exposed to a broader range of subjects and disciplines.
NEP 2020 – multiple exit options The New National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 also proposes multiple exit options so that students can leave the education system after completing elementary school, middle school, or high school as and when they desire. This policy aims to shift the focus on students’ individual needs. It intends to create a more flexible and adaptive education system that can meet the needs of students and the economy, thereby enlarging the scope and making education more gainful in the ultimate analysis. NEP 2020 – Vocational Education Vocational Education has been made a part of the new education policy, which is another revolutionary step. It will include teaching the mother tongue and regional languages up to the 5th year of schooling. Training in vocational skills will be included from the 6th class onwards. <
Welcoming the New National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, Tamal and Timir Mukherjee, the spirits behind the Nalanda Learning LLP — a 360-degree solution empowering pre-schools to deliver in sync with the National Curriculum Framework (NCF) as per NEP 2020, backed by learning videos, games, worksheets, training, and expert advice — pointed out that the Nalanda system is not only in sync with the NEP but is actually the most suited delivery mechanism for ensuring its success.