Today, I am going to highlight about something that every Indian student should know because this is something very much important for our future. It is related to our education. No, it is not about our schools opening because that is not happening anytime soon, but its about something what may make our education system much better and that is NEP or New Education policy 2020. Friends lets be honest, we all know that our existing education system is not up to the mark as it should be. This system has always focused on teaching us ‘what’ rather than ‘why’ or ‘how’.
Education is essential for a life-long learning, but in the Indian Education System it is all about mugging up and vomiting it out in the exams just for the sake of passing it. But have we ever thought that how it is useful in the life after school or college? The new education policy has just come up like a ray of hope to widen this narrow path of our education system.
The new education policy votes for the system that focuses on vocational learning, in other words practical knowledge rather than the theory.
This type of education is given in developed countries like Finland, Germany and USA which are leading in education. Currently, our education system was divided in to 10+2 format which was preparatory and main school but NEP will break the format of the education into 5+3+3+4. Let us look at how it works. The government has added two more classes to the preparatory school i.e. classes nursery, kindergarten, prep, Class 1st and Class 2nd will sum up and make 5 years of it. these 5 years focus to enhance and improve the language skills of the students so that they can acquire knowledge using that particular language.
When the students step into class 3 they will be taught fundamentals and basics of the subjects till class 5. From class 6 to 8 the students will be learning about different subjects may it be botany, zoology, polyscience etc. so that they find the subject of their interest. Plus, the practical knowledge will be given to the students along with internships for electrician, plumber, gardener and other basic jobs. Our current education system does not educate children with any of these essential internships. In these three years students are also introduced to coding for their brain development. Now, the last phase of the school consists of 4 classes 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th.
These 4 years will empower the students to select any of the subject of their choice from academic or co-curricular activities which they would like to make a career out of it. This means that you can combine the subjects of Arts, Commerce and Science all together along with co-curricular subjects to make a new combo. But is this possible today? I think you all know the answer.
This NEP brings an advantage for the students to study in their mother tongue or regional language up till 5th class. This is a great idea to prevent our native languages from going extinct. And another great point in the education policy is that at the end of the year when the students are handed over their evaluation report of the whole year, the students will also have a chance to evaluate themselves on the basis of how they did all around the year.
Now talking about the changes made in form of graduation are also some valuable topics to discuss about so let us start. One of the best changes in the higher education is that students have an option to leave a course due to some reasons, the student will receive a certificate if he has completed 1 year of course, an advance diploma if he has completed 2 years of course, a bachelor’s degree if completed 3 years of course and a bachelor’s research degree for 4 years, these changes are not feasible in the current system and such students are considered as dropouts.
The 4 years degree also makes the student eligible for Ph.D. without doing M.Phil. so, M.Phil. is completely out of the way. The student has also an option to go with multiple entry and exit wherein a student can leave his course due to some reasons and again re-join from the same point.
This change is again not putting a batch of dropout on the students like the existing education system. Students will also have an option to change their stream amidst their course.
The government will be also be canning down the high college fees to a limited amount so that everyone can have the opportunity to seek higher education but right now these colleges are just running a business, bringing them a whole lot of profits. Indian colleges will also have permission to open their branches in other countries and the government will also be selecting colleges from foreign countries with a well organised education system and allow them to open a branch here.
These changes are essential for an education system which is even lacking to provide practical knowledge to children from internships to giving the freedom to choose any subject out of which a student wants to make a career.
NEP has really entered like a ray of hope which may change our future forever in a positive way. I hope that the implementation of this idea is as perfect as it looks on the paper and solidifies the base for the students to develop much faster as well as our country to prosper.
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