The Ministry of Education has made proposals to school teachers and school principals to implement the new national education policy, said Union Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal “Nishank” on Sunday.
“We believe teachers are the key to implementing NEP 2020, so we decided to ask all school teachers and principals from across the country for suggestions on how to move the #NationalEducationPolicy implementation process forward,” he tweeted.
The NEP, approved by the government last month, replaces the 34-year national education policy established in 1986 and aims to pave the way for transformation reforms in the school and university systems to make India a global knowledge superpower.
Classes up to 5th grade in the mother tongue or national language, the reduction in the use of board exams, a single supervisory authority for higher education institutions with the exception of law and medical colleges, and joint admission tests for universities are part of the comprehensive reforms in the new NEP.
Replacing the 10 + 2 structure of school curricula with a 5 + 3 + 3 + 4 curriculum structure that corresponds to age groups 3-8, 8-11, 11-14 and 14-18 years old, scrapping M.Phil programs and Implementing Common Programs Standards for private and public higher education institutions are among the prominent features of the new policy.
“In order to simplify the process for the teachers, the suggestions on each topic of the NEP in connection with school education are called up through a question-and-answer process. The questions are designed so that teachers can relate to them from their experience as teachers and transactions in the classroom. Each question also relates to the paragraph of NEP which is referenced for the teacher to read to better understand the guidelines before uploading suggestions, ”said Anita Karwal, Secretary for School Education.
“All suggestions received are checked by a team of experts from NCERT. Although suggestions are called in a limited word format to gather further information if needed, teachers whose suggestions are useful for inclusion in the national curriculum framework or in the implementation plan will be contacted individually, ”she added.
The Department has asked states and union territories to disseminate the call for proposals to all teachers in the state, whether they belong to state schools, private schools or various secondary school authorities. “States and UTs can prioritize videoconferencing, send WhatsApp groups to teachers who are entertained at different levels, or use the route of SCERTS and DIETs to ensure widespread use of this process,” Karwal said.
The proposals can be uploaded from August 24th to 31st via a special link.