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"A welcome disruption in the education landscape in India that marks a fundamental shift from its archaic 1986 version"
India's National Education Policy- NEP 2020
On 29th July, 2020 India unveiled the National Education Policy 2020 (NEP 2020).
The policy is a comprehensive framework for elementary education to higher education as well as vocational training in both rural and urban India that aims to transform India's education system by 2030. A welcome disruption in the education landscape in India that marks a fundamental shift from its archaic 1986 version.
Less than a decade away, the lofty ambitions will require a multi-pronged approach akin to Finland.
Finland has successfully blended the learning outcomes with socio-economic impact as it makes its way to the top on many macro-indices including productivity, happiness , self esteem, learning outcomes etc. Such a successful multi-pronged transformation, while long winded for certain economically weaker countries, will prove worthy of contextual reinterpretation.
The key changes we celebrate and look forward to are:
Identity: Equity and Inclusion for persons of the 3rd gender, EWS, Special needs etc will no hopefully no longer be an afterthought.
Structure : Enhanced government spending on the cradle to career approach with specifics frameworks envisioned from 0-3 and 3-8 will serve the needs of a burgeoning young demographic.
Focus: Foundations – Numeracy, Literacy and Outcomes blended with holistic play based strategies will usher in a new era.
Methodology : Play ( experiential)+ technology (integrated) + Tech + Awareness ( self+ethics+etiquette)+holistic approach
Teachers: Paradigm shift in teachers training and continuous development with CPD and stringent qualification requirements.
Community: Public Private partners, anganwadi cluster –will create a powerful shared knowledge community and economy.
To truly impact education as a country, we are hopeful that India policy makers will be able to address and incorporate our salient thoughts on NEP2020
Teacher Burnout - The ability to attract, retain and retrain the best minds for teaching by inverting the traditional social pyramid, where teachers are given equity for the effort.
Regulatory Framework - Whether the regulatory framework will successfully pivot from historically throttling innovation to being a formidable catalyst for innovation.
Technology: The flipside of overindulgence of technology
Nature of Education - The Linear or organic narrative will determine the impact