The party claimed that the parliament had been completely bypassed in the development of the policy.
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The Union’s cabinet approved the new National Education Policy (NEP) on Wednesday and renamed the Ministry of Personnel Development the Ministry of Education.
A panel led by former Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) chief K Kasturirangan had presented the draft new policy to Union Minister for Human Development Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ when he took command last year.
The draft was then made publicly available for feedback from various stakeholders, and the Ministry of Personnel Development received two lakh proposals.
“The Political Bureau of the CPI (M) strongly condemns the decision of the Union Cabinet to unilaterally implement a new education policy and to rename the Ministry of Personnel Development,” said a CPI (M) statement.
“In our constitution, education is on the list of simultaneous events. It is a serious violation of the central government to unilaterally impose a new education policy that circumvents all objections and opposition from various state governments,” it said.
It also means that any new policy of this kind must be discussed in Parliament, and the government has previously assured this.
«This one-sided endeavor is to destroy the Indian education system with a policy that strives for greater centralization, localization and commercialization of Indian education.
“The Politburo of the CPI (M) strongly protests against this move by the BJP central government. The Politburo calls for a thorough discussion in parliament before the implementation begins,” it said.