Kohima, August 13: The Government of Nagaland has asked different stakeholders, including Government and private school teachers, student bodies and civil society organizations to submit views and comments on the proposed new National Education Policy (Rashtriya Shiksha Ayog) within a week’s time.
The appeal was made during a day-long State consultative meeting on Draft National Education Policy (NEP) 2019 organised by Directorate of School Education at Capital Convention Centre here today.
Addressing the gathering, Advisor for School Education, KT Sukhalu said having an education policy is a very difficult task, as there are many sectors that needs attention and concern, as India is a very diverse country.
Stating that NEP 2019 is a central centric proposal, which is more focused towards the urban areas, he viewed that in India there are so many hamlets of villages and to implement such a scheme in all the schools is going to be extremely difficult.
Pointing to private schools and private institutions, he said they have their own mechanism to address any issues. However, he said, for Government institutions, every new scheme that comes needs to be reviewed as it requires more manpower and resources.
He said Nagaland state have high literacy rate, but it cannot be compared with Kerala or Mizoram nor with any other states even though education policy may be the same, because the social life, mindset and system of the Naga people is different.
Sukhalu also emphasized the need to inculcate skill development to the upcoming young generation, so that they can start entrepreneurship and start employing people. He said both the Government and private institution need to give special attention in this field.
He asked the participants to put forth their best views and suggestions which would be submitted to the Government of India for the betterment of the future generation.
Representatives from All Nagaland Private School Teachers Association, Government School Teachers Association, Naga Students’ Federation, Eastern Nagaland Students Federation and other Naga civil society organizations attended the consultation.
In the technical session, G. Balasubramanian, who was the resource person, highlighted the NEP 2019 through PowerPoint presentation. He said the Draft National Education Policy 2019 is focussed on access, equity, quality, affordability and accountability of the education system of the country.
Some of key takeaways or suggestions of the draft NEP 2019 are proposal of a four-year integrated stage-specific B.Ed programme. This has already been proposed by the HRD Ministry.
NEP suggests the extension of the Right to Education or Right to Education to cover all children from 3 to 18 years of age. At present it covers students till the age of 14 years.
A 5+3+3+4 curricular and pedagogical structure has been proposed which is based on the cognitive developmental stages of the children rather than their ages. This further divides the K12 years into Foundational Stage (age 3-8 yrs): 3 years of pre-primary plus Grades 1-2, Preparatory Stage (8-11 years): Grades 3-5, Middle Stage (11-14 years): Grades 6-8 and Secondary Stage (14-18 years): Grades 9-12.
A restructure of technical and medical education in the country is also proposed in the draft along with the exit examination for medical professionals.
The proposal of continuing with the three language formula has also been reinforced in the National Education Policy. The NEP 2019 has reiterated its commitment to providing a renewed focus on the Indian languages from early and formative years. (Page News Service)