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‘NEP centralising education ecosystem’

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Stakeholders find fault with Intermediate education system too

The conditions laid out in the National Education Policy (NEP) are giving the impression that the sphere of education is vested with the Government of India and the states will have to toe their line.

This was the crux of the opinions expressed by various stakeholders at a discussion on ‘Draft National Education Policy NEP- 2019’ organised by the Government here on Tuesday to elicit views of various stakeholders, including academics, policy-makers, teachers’ representatives and managements of educational institutions.

Speakers expressed the view that there was nothing new in the document and the earlier education policies gave more impetus to the states, while this policy was centralising the educational eco-system.

Classification

The classification of universities into three spheres in the NEP was seen as a retrograde step, further dividing the varsities that were already facing fund crunch. The speakers suggested that instead of trying to take steps to improve quality and prepare them for accreditation, the NEP favoured radical moves.

The present Intermediate education system also received criticism as it created more of a pressure cooker learning system without focus on value-based education.

Broadly, the meeting agreed that the policy overall looked ambitious but its implementation would be quite difficult given the fact that there was no funding and other financing norms to achieve the goal.

Education Minister G. Jagadeeshwar Reddy said it was only a preliminary meeting and the Telangana government had sought a month’s extension for submitting the states’ response to the Centre.

Earlier, TSCHE vice-chairman V. Venkata Ramama presented an outline of the NEP. The speakers included TSCHE Chairman T. Papi Reddy, Education Secretary B. Janardhan Reddy and Collegiate Education Commissioner Navin Mittal.

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