NATIONAL EDUCATIONAL POLICY-ANALYSE AND GIVE YOUR SUGGESTIONS.Views: 1625
The government of India splashed a news that hogs the limelight of the people in this country, it dominated the both print and electronic medias. The pith and substance of this national educational policy triggered a wide range of landscape in the country to discuss the issue with full length and breadth about the growth and development of this sector in this country.
The education sector in the past, present and future are altering according to the times it required. In the past the colonial force vehemently and vociferously opposed the conventional way of education system, where in this pattern of education it is available only to the higher classes of the society. The colonial forces observed this system and introduced English, Science etc to the curriculum so that the students can get exposure to the western way of education and idealism. After the post-independence era the Government of India launched various committees to bring the sweeping reforms in this sector but it didn’t trickle down to the lowest ebb of this sector due to the myriad of problems.
The Government of India appointed a very prominent committee under the stewardship of Dr. Kasturi Ranagan, to bring sweeping reforms in this sector. The committee took on the baton from the government and held wide range of extensive consultations with all walks of people in the society and brought its recommendation’s under National Educational Policy-2020 . This policy was brought after a time gap of 34 years to bring transformational reforms in school and higher education. There are plethora of issues where elephant in the room needs patient hearing for addressing it .
The aim of this new policy is to universalize the education in primary and secondary level by keeping an ambition of 100% Gross enrolment ration by 2030 and in higher education it aimed to attain 50% by 2035 but contradicting to this recommendation the union and state government are allocating smidgen funds in the budget preparations, due to this government schools and colleges are underfunded, with skeleton staff, infrastructure in the schools and colleges are below the par, government schools and colleges are located only in the urban, semi-urban and Tehsil levels , the outreach of the education institutions to the remote areas didn’t gone down well, the quality of the education in the government schools is fragile, the drop outs from the schools and colleges are staggering, the void between the job market and the education is quite apparent, the children from the marginalized sections of the society are become sole breadwinners for their family and due to this they are deprived from the education, etc are pertinent and endemic woes .
The new policy initiative to teach in vernacular languages up to class 5th is a bold step but how can a kid get compete with the children those who are getting train in English medium. This will give a big advantage to the kids those who are nurtured in the private medium schools under English medium, they easily can get job with their rich communicative skills. The proficiency of English language among our school teachers in the government schools and colleges are below the par and it needs to be more focused on mid-term training modules for developing their fluency in the English.
After going through the entire National educational policy with full length and breadth , I would like to suggest few recommendations for strengthening this sector with more vigor and vitality. The government should increase the allocation of the funds in the budget preparations and should be devoted completely to it , it should constitute research and development centers for strengthening this sector and should channelize its wide experience in policy formulations and implementations, scuttle the political influence at every level of functioning and policy formulation, make all the institutes as centers of excellence so that they will get excel in their fields, encourage the national level universities to tie up with the international universities so that free flow of best brains will get due regard, allow the foreign universities to establish their campuses in the country so that the students will get acquaint with the international curriculum.
According to the reports of the reputed institutions like UNICEF, WORLD BANK etc wide in its lamented the poor allocations made by the union and state governments in achieving the quality of education that was enshrined has goal number 4 under the sustainable development goals. The mid-day meals scheme should be enlarged to all the government schools and colleges where the marginalized and down trodden children can get embrace it. The divergence between the government prescribed curriculum and demand in market is staggering due to this unemployment in the India is increasing to a greatest extent to ameliorate this situation the government should constitute a separate committee to after this issue so that the curriculum should compromise both academic and industry-driven . A very less number of Nobel Laureates are coming from the India due to the cash crunch research and development institutions and in order to rectify this mistake it should be more funded.
The government of India endorses this bill with good intentions and it will reach its zenith only after successful implementation of the reforms that was proposed in this policy. The government and the intellectuals should go hand-in-hand in ascertaining the loopholes and making it more robust and compete with the international standards.-M. Jhoshit Reddy