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Seminar on the National Education Policy 2019

A seminar was held the Draft National Education Policy 2019 for all the faculty members of SJII on the 25 th of July 2019 in the Auditorium to educate the teaching staff about the proposed changes in the National Education Policy and to elicit responses and suggestions to be sent to the HRD ministry. Rev. Fr Maxim Dias SJ was the main resource person who exposed the DNEP threadbare and highlighted the pros and cons of the proposed policy. The information discussed in the meeting is as follows.
1) Goals of New Education Policy.
2) The Firsts of NEP 2019- Preservation, Access, Transportation, joy of learning, liberal arts education, changes in higher education structure.
3) Allow colleges to be autonomous and form their own syllabus. Commerce sub with Science with Humanities.
4) Vocational Education given importance.
5) Major changes of DNEP 2019
a) Reduce content in syllabus.
b) No difference between curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular.
c) Massive change in Teacher Education. – 4 year course.
d) MOOC will be given special preference.
e) Class 3, 5, 8, 10, 11, 12- Board Exam
6) Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE)
7) State Census Examination
8) Students are free to choose 3 subjects of their choice.
9) School Complex Concept.
10) Special Educational Zones- For places inaccessible to education.
11) Not just mid-day meals, but breakfast as well.
Proposals common to all 4 stages
1) Heavily incorporate Indian and local traditions.
2) Develop scientific temper, knowledge,
Vocational Education
1) Supreme authority under the PM.
2) Role of the state not clearly mentioned.
3) The idea of one idea, one culture, one language, and one thought.
Issues of Concern
1) Incorporation of Indian Culture in Education - clarity required.
2) Accessibility, affordability, equity (only quality and accountability)
3) Inclusion of NGOs in elementary Education
4) Too much of centralization
5) Educationists not consulted before the drafting of the policy.
6) Constitutional values not addressed.
7) Issue of caste discrimination not addressed upon.
8) Privatisation of education system with coaching centres.
Response to the draft
1) The policy is presented in only 2 languages. It must be presented in all national languages.
2) More Time is required to study, understand and respond
3) Values of culture and heritage are not given importance.
4) Privatization makes higher education a far fetched dream in terms of affordability and accessibility.
5) Exclusion of the poor. Education for the rich.
6) Spending 6 percent GDP.
7) Infrastructure in rural areas not mentioned.
Implications and Pathways for schools
a) Pedagogy belongs to the school
b) Inculturation
c) Vocational Education- collaborate with community college
d) Give more practical knowledge about the subjects
e) Make MOOC courses important
f) Make study of constitution mandatory
g) Make education joyful
h) Inter-religious courses
i) NCC and NSS