Learner's a lot is going on in India apart from this Covid-19, and one crucial thing which is worthy of your attention is the New Education Policy. Yes, you all are right NATIONAL EDUCATION POLICY 2020 is announced by the Ministry of Education(MoE) formerly the Ministry of Human Resource Development(1985-2020).
What all you need to know about this education policy, here's are the highlights regarding the same:
(1) There are specific provisions by the ministry that are beneficial for the students right from the pre-school to the secondary in various issues like students learning levels, formal and informal education modes, innovative education centers, schools association with social workers, and counselors.
(2) New schooling structure will be prevailing from now, such as:
10+2 board structure is replaced by [5+3+3+4] years structure, i.e., up to 5th(pre-school), 6th-8th(mid-school), 9th-11th(high-school) and from 12th onwards four years of graduation.
(3) Any UG education from now onwards will be of 3- 4 years with multiple entries or exit options. Also, appropriate certifications will be provided. For example- Certificate on exit after completing one year of graduation, advanced diploma after two years, bachelor's degree after three years and bachelor's with research after completing four years of graduation.
(4) Also, National Book Promotion Policy will be formulated to attain universal foundational literacy and numeracy by grade 3 by 2025.
(5) Schools will be focusing more on experimental learning and less on critical education or essential learning.
(6) From 6th grade onwards, students will be availing vocational courses and, most importantly, will be eligible for enrolling themselves in the internship programs. Such an awesome thing to hear right guys.!!
(7) No compulsion on any student regarding any language that he/she opted as a medium of instruction. In simple words, students up to 5th grade can avail education in their regional language or mother tongue.
(8) Also, Sanskrit, as well as several foreign languages, will be offered to students in their schools or as in their higher education.
(9) All graduation courses will be having major and minor, and students can go for any combination they are willing to take. For example - A science student can have Physics as a major with music or dance as a minor.
(10) A new National Assessment Centre, PAREKH (Performance Assessment Review and Analysis of Knowledge for Holistic Development), will be set up as a standard-setting body.
(11) Also, there will be a shift from summative assessment to a more competency-based regular assessment, which will evaluate critical thinking and conceptual clarity.
(12) Credit system for graduation, i.e., for each year student will get some credits which they can utilize while re-entering into the course after an exit.
(13) For entire higher education excluding medical and legal school, a single overarching umbrella body is being set up with the name HECI(Higher Education Commission of India).
(14) The financial assistance students will be provided with is that the National Scholarship Portal will be expanded to support and track the progress of the students who all are receiving the scholarships.
(15) Most importantly, all professional education will be an integral part of the higher education system.