Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday that the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 does not make it compulsory to teach children in the mother tongue, but proposes to provide early education in the regional language / mother tongue.
“You have to understand that language is a medium to convey education. The language that a student can easily learn should be used to convey education, ”Modi said.
A student shouldn’t waste their energy on understanding a language instead of studying a subject, he added.
At a virtual conclave on “Schooling in the 21st Century”, the Prime Minister said that the NEP 2020 had been prepared with the aim of reducing the curriculum and focusing on the fundamentals. There is also a need for teachers to learn new things and unlearn some old ones.
“Preschool is the first outside experience for the students. Pre-school teachers need to focus on fun, activity-based, and discovery-based learning, ”Modi said.
The new education policy is the result of hard work by various stakeholders over the past 4 to 5 years. But there is still a lot to be done. This is just the beginning and the goal is to ensure effective implementation, he added.
The Ministry of Education is organizing the two-day conclave as part of Shiksha Parv.
Shikshak Parv is celebrated from September 8th to 25th to congratulate teachers and promote the new education policy. The Ministry of Education organizes various webinars, virtual conferences and conclaves on various aspects of the new education policy.