India on Wednesday (July 29) approved the new education policy (NEP) after 34 years. Experts believe that the policy offers more autonomy to the educational institutions.
The new policy seems to be an extension to right to education (RTE) act. Instead of Class 1-8 it redraws the system from pre-school to standard 12.
The new schooling system will be based on a 5+3+3+4 formula instead of the current 10+2 model. Students in the age group of 3-8 years belong to the foundation stage, 8-11 age group to the preparatory schooling stage, 11-14 years to the middle school group and and 14-18 category to the secondary level.
The new policy will promote leadership and problem-solving skills
Speaking on the new education policy, Shirish Gupta, the founder of Empowering Young Leaders, said it is the beginning of a new era in Indian education system. “It includes much required experiential learning and holistic report card focusing on 21st Century Skills,” added Gupta.
According to Gupta, the new policy will promote leadership and problem-solving skills. NEP is also about increased flexibility for students along as far as their choice of the subject is concerned, with an emphasis on tech-based learning.
Gupta also added that this is a big relief to students. “Regular health check-up, in particular, Mental Health for school students is the need of the hour.”