NEP 2020 is not clear enough and cannot be applied to the whole country: Bengali governing body
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KOLKATA: The Committee formed by the West Bengal Government to Study the New Education Policy 2020 (NEP) believes that certain features are not clear enough while some others may not be applicable to the whole country, almost every state of which has one other cultural heritage, said a member of the panel on Sunday.

In a huge country like India, which has a diversified socio-economic situation, a common yardstick cannot be applied to all states, especially at primary and secondary levels, and this was set out in the report, the member said.

“Certain features of the new education policy, such as the reorganization of grade 10 board exams and reforms in elementary schools, are unclear. In a country of 130 million people, one cannot have a single education policy for all states, regardless of their linguistic heritage and customs “he told PTI.

“What can be applicable to Manipur, what is relevant in Punjab, may not make sense in West Bengal or Tamil Nadu,” he said.

After the Union Cabinet approved the NEP late last month, State Education Minister Partha Chatterjee set up the six-member committee of academics and said the state government would send the center its opinion on the new policy after the panel presented its report.

The panel submitted its roughly 100-page report to the higher education department on August 23, but the state has yet to give the central government its opinion on the policy.

The report included observations from all the panel members, which included Jadavpur University Vice Chancellor Suranjan Das, Indologist Nrisingha Prasad Bhaduri, and educator Pabitra Sarkar, but only the education minister can disclose its contents, another panel member said.

Education Minister Chatterjee had previously described the NEP as “a copy of the system prevailing in Western countries”.

According to NEP, students in grades 3, 5 and 8 are required to take school exams across India which are administered by a competent authority. The board exams for grades 10 and 12 will be redesigned.

Politicians also advocated a “broad, multidisciplinary, holistic basic training with flexible curricula, creative subject combinations, integration of vocational training and several entry and exit points with appropriate certification”.

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