The minister highlighted the biggest flaw of NEP that it “ran away from the responsibility” of providing quality education in government schools while encouraging private school education.
Mr. Sisodia’s Evaluation of the New Education Policy
Criticism on the New Education Policy
On Thursday, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said the New Education Policy (NEP) provided for a “highly regulated and poorly funded” education model.
Sisodia, being the Education Minister in the State in a press conference read out an excerpt from the NEP, which said “private philanthropic efforts for quality education will be encouraged”. “In all progressive countries, the education system is largely dependent on a strong government school system. But here, they are encouraging private education. This is the biggest flaw of NEP.”
Sisodia on the higher education front said the focus on MDHEI (multi-disciplinary higher educational institutions) was problematic: “According to New Education Policy (NEP), all universities will be mandatorily made multi-disciplinary in 15-20 years… There is a need for MDHEIs but don’t destroy specific universities. You’re saying you’ll teach acting in IITs, produce engineers from FTII. How will this happen? World over, there is the importance of sector-specific universities… We cannot destroy such institutes in our romanticism of multi-disciplinarism.”
Sisodia expressed that whileunder RTEthere should be free and compulsory education from nursery to class XII like but how come the examination of the policy is done later. “You’ve brought New Education Policy after 34 years, took six years to frame the policy, and even now you’re saying it will be examined later. Then what was the leadership of BJP doing for the last six years?”
Questioning the pattern of board exams, Sisodia noted,“It says board exams will be made easier… The point was to focus on cognitive capabilities rather than rote learning abilities. The entire education system, including the board, is geared towards the latter… On this account, the policy has failed. There is no importance of board exams anymore; the entire world has moved towards continuous evaluation, but we are still stuck in our old ways.”
The NEP was appreciated for promoting vocational courses as there was no work done to increase their value in higher education: “In DU admissions, vocational subjects don’t count for anything. Then why will students take these subjects?”But, the absence of sports in the policy was questioned.
Appreciation to the New Education Policy
However, he appreciated aspects of changing the name of HRD Ministry to Education Ministry which adds breakfast as part of mid-day meal and decision to use mother tongue as the medium for education in the early years.
He expressed that the NEP was “progressive and forward-looking in that it accepts the challenges and flaws in the current education system and talks about what should be done to address it”.
Problems in the New Education Policy
However, he mentioned the two associated problems.
“Firstly, it is unable to break away from the burden of the traditional educational system. Secondly, the policy is silent or confused about how it will achieve solutions to the current problems.”
The “policy provides for a highly regulated and poorly funded education model”, quoted the Deputy CM.
Sisodiaexplained highly regulated as the NEP works on a separate education department, Directorate of Education, regulatory authority, and education commission which he looked would “keep clashing with each other”.
On poorly funded aspect, “NEP says that 6% of GDP should be spent on education. This has been said from the time of Kothari Commission of 1966 and repeated in NEP. But it is silent on how this will be achieved. It also says budget spending on education will be taken from 10% to 20% but doesn’t say how. There will have to be a law that government and state governments have to spend 6% of GDP on education”, he expressed.