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India's Education Policy 2020: Tackling Learning Outcomes



  Jun 04, 2024

National Education Policy 2020 in India Targets Poor Learning Outcomes



Introduction

India has historically neglected its primary and secondary education sectors, unlike some of its neighbors. While strides have been made since the 1990s towards achieving universal education, learning outcomes remain poor and uneven across various schools, states, and socioeconomic conditions.

Current Challenges

Despite progress, significant issues persist:

• In 2018, nearly half of Standard V students in rural areas could not read Standard II-level materials, and less than one-third could perform basic division.

• Problems such as teacher absenteeism and a rigid curriculum that emphasizes rote learning continue to hinder educational quality and equity.

National Education Policy 2020

The National Education Policy (NEP) of 2020 aims to address these challenges with several innovative approaches:

• Integrated Schooling Levels: The NEP introduces four schooling levels — foundational, preparatory, middle, and secondary — with preschool recognized as an integral part of foundational education.

• Holistic Teacher Support: The policy emphasizes the need for high-quality teachers at all stages of education, outlining support in terms of service environment, working conditions, professional development, and career progression.

• Inclusive Curriculum: The NEP advocates for a diverse, flexible, and inclusive curriculum that fosters holistic development and caters to local contexts.

Implementation Challenges

Despite its promising vision, the NEP faces several implementation hurdles:

• Political and Operational Gaps: The NEP’s ambitious policies require strong coordination between central and state governments, which has been lacking. States like Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Bihar have resisted implementation.

• Resource Allocation: There is insufficient clarification on the resources and support that state governments can expect from the central government.

• Policy Instrument Design: The NEP is vague on mechanisms to shift away from vertical teaching career paths and achieve learner-centered pedagogy.

Need for Enhanced Capacity

Both central and state governments need to address analytical capacity gaps to advance the NEP’s goals:

• Data Discrepancies: Inconsistent definitions and estimation methodologies hamper the usefulness of national datasets for policymaking.

• Teacher Preparation: Improved capacity to identify gaps in teacher recruitment and preparation for new subjects is essential for implementing a tailored curriculum.

Conclusion

Without concerted efforts to address these gaps, the NEP’s vision of transforming India into a global knowledge superpower risks falling short of expectations.



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