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Q. New National Education Policy: Comment on governments plan to frame new National Education Policy.
Dec 20, 2016 Related to : GS Paper-2

Ans :

Introduction-

The Government of India is planning to bring out a new National Education Policy (NPE) to meet the changing dynamics of the population’s requirement with regards to quality education, innovation and research. The first NPE was framed in 1968, second NPE was formed in 1986 and modified in 1992. Since then several changes have taken place that calls for a revision of the Policy.

Analysis-

  • Even after five decades of first NPE formulated, the state of education in India, particularly in the critical primary and pre-primary years, is far from satisfactory.
  • The tenth Annual Status of Education Report found that in 2014 the proportion of Class 3 and Class 5 students in rural areas who could read a Class 2 textbook was 23.6% and 48.1% respectively.
  • The problem of poor learning outcomes is of particular concern, for it is a structural issue pertaining to the design of curricula and ingrained rote learning methods.
  • There is a need of tools like Activity-Based Learning and teaching at the right level, for real learning and skill-absorption. 
  • Hence government should frame a policy that should be equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge and to eliminate the shortage of manpower in science, technology, academics and industry.

Conclusion-

Education system in India is far from satisfactory. Though successive governments have made effort to enhance the education system in India, but results are far from desired. Hence government must frame policy to address all structural issues that are hampering India’s education system.


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