The new Minister has taken the authority of Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) into its hand after the oath ceremony concluded on May 30th.
Ramesh Pokhriyal former Chief Minister of Uttarakhand and Member of Parliament (MP), who has succeeded Prakash Javedkar as HRD Minister has come up with the inclusions in New Education Policy (NEP) in, which various norms have been added to benefit elementary ,secondary and and higher education.
The MHRD has released the draft of the NEP 2019. The drafting committee, set up in 2017, led by the Chairman and former ISRO Chief K Katurirangan has submitted the draft report to the HRD Minister Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal “Nishank on May 31st.
List of additions in New Education Policy- At school level
– The policy recommend replacing the 10+2 format with a 5+3+3+4 structure. This implies five years of a ‘Foundational Stage’ that will include 3 years of pre-primary and classes 1 and 2. It will be followed by 3 years of ‘Preparatory Stage,’ 3 years of middle school and 4 years of secondary stage.
– All students will be taking ‘State Census Examinations’ in grades 3, 5 and 8 where they would be tested on core concepts, knowledge and higher order skills. For example- The grade 3 census examination would test basic literacy, numeracy and other foundational skills. Each year of the secondary stage will be divided into two semesters and each student will take 5-6 subjects in each semester.
– The students are being given choice to choose the board examinations for themselves. The panel recommends re-structuring to a ‘modular’ format allowing students to take the board exam in each subject at the end of the semester in, which they take that subject. Students will be expected to take a total of at least 24 subject board examinations or on average 3 a semester instead of final examinations.
– Sanskrit be offered at all school levels and higher education as one of the optional languages at par with all scheduled 8 languages. All students will be asked to take atleast 2 years of classical language of India in classes 6-8 with the option to continue through secondary education and university.
– Extension of Right to Education (RTE) Act, which currently applies to classes I-VIII, to the entire school system from pre-school to class 12th.
The panel also recommended that “Students be allowed to retake tests if they feel they can study and do better- especially when computer-based adaptive tests can be rolled out.”