education in india post covid

IE Thinc session today on National Education Policy(NEP)

THE NEW National Education Policy (NEP) represents a significant step forward in the transformation of the country’s educational system

The panellists will also discuss how school education should adapt to the current context in order to achieve the NEP vision, as well as how to move away from the one-size-fits-all approach (as advocated by the NEP) in these altered circumstances, when school education resources are stretched to their limits. THE NEW National Education Policy (NEP) is a step forward in modernising the country’s school education by emphasising the acquisition of 21st-century skills such as critical thinking and problem solving, which help to boost employability. The policy, however, was written before the pandemic, and the circumstances in which it is being applied have altered. In the post-Covid world, how should we contextualise the NEP’s implementation? Should we put recovery (of lost learning) ahead of the implementation of substantial educational reforms right now? What role does technology in education have in attaining the policy’s objectives?

On Thursday, during IE Thinc, an Express platform where professionals confront some of the most urgent challenges of our time, a panel will address these and other questions. Madhav Chavan, co-founder and president of Pratham, the organisation that publishes the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER); Dhir Jhingran, former bureaucrat and founder director of Language & Learning Foundation, a social enterprise focused on improving equitable student learning; Merlia Shaukath, founder-CEO of Madhi Foundation, a non-profit focused on foundational literacy; and Asyia Kazmi, global education policy lead at the United Nations.

Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan briefed top Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh leaders on Wednesday on the government’s plan to expedite the implementation of the New Education Policy (NEP), including changes to textbooks and the format of board exams, in light of the physical attendance restrictions imposed in schools due to the ongoing Covid pandemic. The two-day deliberations were capped off by Pradhan’s presentation. Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and other RSS affiliates attended the two-day Shiksha Samooh conference. According to people acquainted with the meeting, the impact of pandemic-induced disruption in education was also discussed.

“The subject of establishing the National Research Foundation, which has been long overdue, was also considered. It’s also in the NEP, and once it’s announced, it’ll be the apex body for sponsoring research in fields ranging from science to humanities,” the person added. The Centre has set up Rs 50,000 crore for the planned body over a five-year term in the annual budget for 2021-22. RSS leaders also made a case at the meeting for the creation of the Higher Education Commission, which, if constituted, would take over existing regulators like the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and the University Grants Commission (UGC).

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