“Our training system has at all times been a slave of our analysis system, and it’ll proceed to be so. The plan to make board exams simple just isn’t going to handle the basis reason behind the issue which is the give attention to rote studying. The emphasis will nonetheless be on year-end exams, the necessity is to get rid of the idea of evaluating college students on the finish of the session, be it simple or troublesome,” Sisodia advised in an interview.
“By saying that board exams shall be simple, we aren’t shifting in the direction of give attention to data utility. The coverage fails to handle this situation. Some of the reforms proposed are good too and in reality, we’ve already been engaged on them, however a few of them are simply a part of a wishful considering,” he added.
Asserting that the coverage, which has been revised after a long time, doesn’t give attention to authorities colleges, Sisodia mentioned, “There isn’t any point out in any respect about what may be accomplished or what shall be accomplished to enhance the state of public colleges within the nation. Does that imply all initiatives shall be efficiently carried out in non-public colleges and schools and that’s the solely means out?”
“The coverage says philanthropic participation shall be inspired. Almost all large chains of faculties and even larger academic establishments are primarily based on a philanthropic mannequin solely, which the Supreme Court has already known as ‘educating outlets’. So are we going to encourage that solely? Why did we want a brand new coverage then,” he requested.
The NEP permitted by the Union Cabinet final month replaces the 34-year-old National Policy on Education framed in 1986 and is geared toward paving the way in which for transformational reforms in colleges and better training techniques to make India a worldwide data superpower.
Teaching as much as Class 5 in mom tongue or regional language, decreasing the stakes of board exams, a single regulator for larger training establishments, aside from regulation and medical schools, and customary entrance checks for universities are a part of the sweeping reforms within the new NEP.
Replacing the 10+2 construction of college curricula with a 5+3+3+four curricular construction akin to age teams 3-8, 8-11, 11-14 and 14-18 years respectively, scrapping M.Phil programmes and implementing widespread norms for personal and public larger training establishments are amongst different salient options of the brand new coverage.
“The coverage is bringing wishful considering that six per cent of GDP must be carried out. If we wouldn’t have a plan to implement what has been proposed, then phrases are simply phrases. I’ve raised a number of instances that there must be a regulation mandating the states in addition to the central authorities a couple of fastened GDP share allocation for training, however even the coverage fails to handle to that,” Sisodia mentioned.
Asked about educating in mom tongue or regional languages proposed by the NEP, Sisodia mentioned, “I completely agree that the medium of instruction must be the house language within the preliminary years in order that the inspiration is robust, however I consider it must be restricted to the inspiration years or the pre-primary stage. Taking it as much as Class 5 just isn’t a good suggestion.”
Sisodia additionally got here down closely on the proposal of a standard entrance examination for universities to be performed by the National Testing Agency (NTA).
“Why do we want this duplication? We have already got a lot give attention to board exams and instantly after that we are going to have one other examination? The focus solely on exams will by no means take the emphasis away from rote studying. In my view, it must be both of the exams,” he mentioned.