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Kohima | August 13, 2019:
The Directorate of School Education (DSE) organized a State Consultative Meeting on Draft National Education Policy (NEP) 2019 today at Capital Convention Centre.
The main objective of the meeting was to initiate discussion on the consultation process for the New Education Policy and seek views, comments and suggestions of different associations and federation of the state.
There was an active participation from the State Government, different organization, association and federation. All the participants were asked to submit their views, comments and suggestions within a week time.
K.T. Sukhalu, advisor, school education thanked the government of India for having concerned for all the states to participates in the history of education policy making, where every citizen is given an opportunity to express his/her views.
The consultation process involves participation from the grassroot level to the state, regional and national levels in bringing out a comprehensive policy which will reflect the aspirations and needs of the country.
He said proposal for education policy is a very difficult task, there are many sectors needs attention and concerned, as Indian is a very diverse country and have the beauty of unity in the diversity.
He also lamented that NEP 2019 is a central centric kind of proposal; it is more concerned in the urban areas. With this, he was of the viewed that in India there are so many hamlets of villages all over the States and to implement such a scheme in all the schools is going to be extreme difficulty. He therefore asked the participants to give their views and suggestions wisely for the betterment of tomorrow.
Pointing to private schools and private institutions, he said they have their own mechanism to address any issues and added responsibility at their own. However, for government institutions, every new scheme's comes need to be reviews and need more manpower and more resources. One of the biggest challenge and responsibility faces by the government is that whenever any scheme comes after 5 years need to be reviews and keep on changing the systems.
The state of Nagaland have high literacy rate, but cannot be compare with Kerala or Mizoram nor to any other states even though education may be the same, because our social life, mindset and system is different. He therefore asked the participants to give their best views and suggestions to the government of India, so that the government can take it into the account.
He also emphasized the need to inculcate skill development to the upcoming young generation, so that they can start entrepreneurship and start diverting young boy and girl in the field of skill development and contributes to the state economy. With this, he asked both the government and private institution to focus and give special attention in this field.
He was optimistic that the consultative meeting will bring out best views and suggestions and will put forwards to the account of the government of Indian and a workable education policy brings about changes in India.
During the technical session, G. Balasubramanian who was the resource person highlighted the NEP 2019 through PowerPoint presentation.
The programme was chaired by Wonthungopoe, director school education, keynote address by Menuokhol John, principal director, school education, introductory remark by Shanavas C. principal director, school education and the concluding remarks was said by Kevileno Angami OSD, school education.
The Government of India would like to bring out a National Education Policy to meet the changing dynamics of the population's requirement with regards to quality education, innovation and research, aiming to make India a knowledge superpower by equipping its students with the necessary skills and knowledge. The Government of India is embarking on a time-bound grassroots consultative process, which will enable the Ministry of HRD to reach out to individuals across the country through direct consultations while also taking input from citizens online.
The Draft National Education Policy 2019 proposal has been submitted by the committee set up to ascertain the changes required in the education system, to make educational reforms a key component of the newly formed government's agenda. The draft proposal was submitted to Union Human Resource Development (HRD).
NEP 2019 is a collaborative effort, reaching stakeholders to the block level to understand the changes required in the educational structure. The report also proposes renaming MHRD to Ministry of Education.
Here are the key takeaways or suggestions of the Draft NEP 2019.
The Draft National Education Policy 2019 is focussed on Access, Equity, Quality, Affordability, and Accountability of the education system of the country.
Starting with the early years and school education, the policy talks about a major overhail in the curriculum of the early Childhood Care and Education or ECCE which concerns the pre-schoolers .
NEP suggests the extension of the Right to Education or RTE 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.
Draft proposes restructuring of schools into school complexes. Notably, a move in this direction has already been initiated by CBSE from this year.
No hard separation of learning areas in terms of curricular, co-curricular or extra-curricular areas.
Massive focus on Teacher Education and improvement of thr qualify of the educators. The committee has porposed multiple multidisciplinary programs for teachers which would in included into large universities.
Proposal of a four-year integrated stage-specific B.Ed programme has also been presented. This has already been proposed by the HRD Ministry.
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 committement to providing a renewed focus on the Indian languages from early and formative years.