30 November, 2020

National Education Policy Promises ‘Large-Scale’ Changes, But Can It Complete Unfinished Lessons?

Will the revised National Education Policy go down in history as just another revision, or will it make history?

National Education Policy Promises ‘Large-Scale’ Changes, But Can It Complete Unfinished Lessons?
outlookindia.com
2020-08-08T12:25:33+05:30

A is for apple, B for ball, C for curveball—bec­ause someone has to walk the cat that defined Indian school and college education since British colonialists seeded the subcontinent with the Western primer. But the cat comes as a default setting, no matter how much one tries to move it aside. That’s the case with education policies of the past; the cat among the pigeons. That also brings to context the revised national education policy (NEP), overhauled on PM Narendra Modi’s watch after 34 years. Will it keep pace with a hyperlooping century, where Windows and Androids shift shape with changing seasons? Time will tell, although history has seldom been kind to change.

Take the 1968 attempt for perspective, when Indira Gandhi’s government announced the first NEP that stressed the need for “a radical reconstruction” of the system to improve its quality, exp­and opportunities, provide free and compulsory education to all children up to 14, and focus on science/tech and “cultivation of moral values”. The user manual for...

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