The New Education Policy (NEP) draft, that has been waited for long by the people, have been put forward in the public domain and it has strongly recommended to limit the ‘no detention policy’ till class V among others. The draft further recommended formation of education commission to identify new areas of knowledge, raising of investment in the education sector to at least 6 percent of the GDP and encouraging top foreign universities to come to India and provide education services in the country.
The ministry has put forward the inputs in their website under the ‘Some Inputs for Draft National Education Policy 2016’ section and is open for feedback and debate. It has also recommended to extend the Clasuse 12 (1) © of RTE Act to include aided minority institutions into its ambit as well.
Speaking about how the present ‘no detention policy’ till class VIII has affected the standard of education in the government schools across the country, the draft has recommended immediate amendment of the same. The draft paper said, “The not detention policy will be limited up to class V and the system of detention will be restored at the upper primary stage.” It also said that the states and Union Territories are free to provide education upto class V in any local, regional or mother tongue as the medium of instructions in the schools. Though, it has made it mandatory to keep English as the second language and third language choice should be left to the students keeping the constitutional provisions in mind.
Talking about the higher education in the country, the draft paper suggested forming an Education Commission consisting of academic experts, which would get set up every five years to help HRD ministry identifying new areas of knowledge, pedagogic, curricular and assessment reforms at the global level time and again. It also suggested to raise the investment in education sector to at least 6 percent of the GDP of the country and encouraged foreign participation in conduct of education in the country. It stated that not only foreign universities would be allowed to come up in India, but Indian institutes would also be provided suitable legislations and amendments to be able to set up campuses abroad.
For the formation of the draft recommendations from the TSR Subramaniam led team has been taken into account as well. The team recommended designing a common curriculum for subjects like Science, Mathematics and English in the country. It further stated that a framework should be set up for the schools to maintain safety and security of the children. Following the framework would only allow these schools to get affiliation.
Another significant policy introduced through the draft would be the breakup of class X examination into two levels. Part A at a higher level for Mathematics, Science and English papers and Part B at lower level for other vocational courses.