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Why we need to welcome New Education Policy 2020

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31.07.2020

The Government of India has, at last, announced the new policy on education. A great deal of thought and deliberation has gone into it. The document that outlines the policy says all the right things. The policy has rightly tried to not be too prescriptive. Instead, it draws a balance between creating an enlightened vision and offering practical pathways for implementing that vision. I welcome this announcement.

School reforms

Taking a closer look at what it has to say in the context of school education, there is much to commend in the document. The overall level of school education in India is extremely poor. There are many ways to infer this but none more telling than India’s performance in the 2013 PISA tests conducted by the OECD to gauge the level of school education in nations of the world. India stood at the very bottom with just Kyrgyzstan below us. Since then we have chosen not to participate. It is indeed very welcome to note that the policy delves deep into the ways and means of reforming school education.

Almost all insightful studies conducted quite recently emphasise the use of the mother tongue at the beginning level. (Photo: Reuters)

I welcome the stress on introducing learning through the mother tongue. Almost all insightful studies conducted quite recently, such as some commissioned by UNESCO, emphasise the use of the mother tongue at the beginning level. In........

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