Amidst the global shutdown and rising pandemic all the actors of the education industry are still processing the New Education Policy. With a lot of proposals some of them clear while many confusing, we had to do our part. We stepped in and now we’ve got the policy broken down clearly for all you readers. We have curated a six part blog series named “Decoding NEP” where we pick up
each block of the National Education Policy 2020 with a special speaker every week.
If you’re on a tight schedule, you can listen to this on our podcast “The Glentree Show” which is available on Spotify, Apple, Google Podcasts or any podcast streaming platform. I’m sure that you’ll benefit great from this blog or the podcast, whichever is your way to go !
For our first episode, we had to bring out our very own Principal, Mr. Craig Louis (Principal of Glentree Academy Whitefield). Well, he had a lot to say, read on to find out !
HOST : What is your opinion on the New Education Policy?
SPEAKER : Being an educator for over 2 decades I believe that the new Education Policy is one that has to be welcomed highly. The policy has brought in a lot of innovation and ideas to match the needs of the present learning community.
Host : Has the New Education Policy matched with the learning needs of the 21st century?
SPEAKER : Most definitely, the policy is framed keeping in mind the dynamic nature of the current learning generation. The entire education industry is now taken a paradigm shift and the policy is in line with the generation of transformation. It has several aspects that will definitely benefit all sectors of education.
Host : The new policy also dictates that teaching will be done in regional language (mother tongue) upto a certain grade (grade 5), please discuss this?
SPEAKER : As I said earlier, the New Education Policy definitely has a lot of great proposals as well as some confusing ones. One of the confusing policies is the “teaching in mother tongue till grade 5”. Let me speak of the advantages of this policy, if a school in a rural area teaches their kids in their mother tongue until grade 5 there are higher chances for the student to retain in school and continue their education. Whereas, in urban areas and other sub-urban areas the student population in a school is usually mixed. Every school irrespective of its size has the pupils of the school from different backgrounds and diverse languages. Hence implementing this in school level is definitely a question to be answered as there is no clarity in the policy.
HOST : Examinations are the most important method of testing the student’s capability. With changes in the new policy, please briefly explain the changes in the examination structure from the age of 3-18 years?
SPEAKER : The examination structure laid down by the National Education Policy 2020 is also another confusing proposal. It is definitely a new way of looking at examinations when compared to the old structure. However only when this framework for examinations is implemented will we know the benefits accruing to the students.
Host : What are your thoughts on the extension of the RTE Act ?
SPEAKER : The Right to Education Act was formulated in 2009. The main aim of this act was to ensure that every child gets free and compulsory education from the age of 6 to 14 years. With the New Education Policy 2020 the Right To Education Act is now extended from 3-18 years. The act has definitely become more extensive as well inclusive in nature. However, when we look at the funding part, it is going to be questionable if only the centre and states are going to look into the funding for every educational institution. This has to be taken care of by all actors of the education industry.
Host : Is the New education Policy a boon or bane?
SPEAKER : Well, it is like if you’re asking if the invention of the knife is a boon or bane. It holds the same for the policy. The New Education Policy 2020 is formulated with an aim to increase the standard of education of our country. We still need clarity on a few aspects and some of the proposals need to be revisited and re-evaluated. However, if the said policy is implemented with the right intent our country will be on a level playing field with all international and developed first world countries.
We’ve wrapped up our first post, come back here next Wednesday to
find out what our experts had to say on “Curriculum and Pedagogy”
with respect to the National Education Policy.
That’s the first post of our series “Decoding NEP”. If you have any questions or queries be sure to comment it down we’re glad to help you out. If reading is a buzzkill for you, tune into our podcast “The Glentree Show” you can find it on Spotify, Apple, Google Podcasts or any other podcast streaming platform. Or just click on the play button below, you can listen to it with ease!