National Education Policy 2020: A senior government minister Mamata Banerjee, who was at the Center for National Education Policy (NEP) in 2020, said it was worded without being passed in parliament and the states were not treated confidentially.
Although education is on the simultaneous list, the content of the new policy was not discussed with the state governments until it was passed by the cabinet on July 29, West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said on Friday.
Congress and leftist parties on July 30 criticized the central government led by the BJP for “bypassing” the Parliament regarding NEP. DMK President M K Stalin stepped up the attack on politics on Saturday, saying it was an attempt to “impose” Hindi and Sanskrit, and vowed to fight it by joining forces with like-minded political parties and prime ministers of other countries.
Chatterjee, who spoke to journalists on Friday evening, claimed that NEP 2020 was a “copy of the Western model”.
“I wonder why they (center) thought about doing this without discussion in parliament and with the state government. This is one-sided, ”said Chatterjee, who is also the general secretary of the TMC.
Banerjee, the TMC Supremo, is one of the leading critics of the BJP.
The West Bengal government has “listed 10-12 points of the NEP, which we will refer to in a letter that will be sent to the center very soon,” the minister said, but did not go into detail.
In response to Chatterjee’s comments, West Bengal BJP President Dilip Ghosh said that those who have destroyed the state education system have no right to criticize others.
“It is ironic that the state government, which has no educational policy, opposes the central government’s educational policy. The education system in Bengal has completely collapsed, ”said Ghosh.
The Cabinet of Trade Unions approved National Education Policy 2020 on July 29, which replaced the 34-year-old National Education Policy of 1986.
The high points of the draft directive are that all students take school exams in grades 3, 5 and 8, which are carried out by the competent authority. Board exams for grades 10 and 12 continue, but have been redesigned.
It also advocated “broad, multidisciplinary, holistic basic training with flexible curricula, creative subject combinations, integration of vocational training and several entry and exit points with appropriate certification”.
The new policy was approved by the cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi after six years of consultation. It will replace the previous system, which was announced in 1986 and modified in 1992.