The government of India is working to create a new education policy in 2022 to replace the existing one, which was passed in 1986. What do you need to know about this upcoming education policy? Let’s take a look at what it might entail and the possible effect it could have on education in India and beyond.
The education system in India has always been a thorny issue for a large number of stakeholders including policy makers, opinion leaders, administrators and parents. It has been a subject of intense debate as it is seen as being not very successful in creating enough employable skilled workers who can help build a strong middle class. The Indian economy needs more technically proficient youth and they are simply not being created by its education system. This chapter will take you through why we have such an inadequate education system and what needs to be done right now so that no one gets left behind on account of his caste or social status.
Why Is There An Education Policy in the First Place?
The answer is because our constitution says we need one. Article 45 calls for state intervention in education, though it does not specify how or in what way. The constitution was amended a decade later, in 1976, and Article 46 gave states more explicit instructions on education policy. This legislation says that every child in India has a right to free and compulsory education until he or she completes his or her eighth grade. The problem with our system of schooling isn’t lack of regulation—it’s lack of resources and political will.
Who Are Key Players Behind This Project?
A single policy document doesn’t just appear in an educational system overnight. The group is made up of diverse individuals from different parts of society who each play a critical role in setting that policy. First, there are ministries and departments within each level of government that will be heavily involved. These include: Ministries of Human Resource Development (the federal department), State Governments’ Departments of Higher Education, Boards of Higher and Secondary Education and state departments with authority over these boards, local municipal offices responsible for education-related activities like issuing birth certificates and conducting exams for private institutions, state departments with direct control over matters such as starting new schools and universities or inspecting student records at existing ones.
Highlights of the Draft National Education Policy, 2017 (NEPS)
Primary education for all children of 6-14 years by 2022. Currently, only 96% primary school age children attend (national level), with worse figures for tribal, Dalit and Muslim children. The ambition is to increase that figure up to 100%. In terms of making sure every child finishes primary education by 14, significant challenges remain—girls in particular face high dropout rates. . . .
How Can You Help Shape The Next Ten Years of Our Education?
Now is your chance. As India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi expands upon his sweeping plan for Transforming India, he will soon turn his attention to education. Over 18 months, he will take stock of Indian schools, determine what does and doesn’t work and deliver a set of recommendations for how best to improve our educational system over the next ten years. If you are serious about impacting Indian society in a meaningful way, now is your chance. Beginning March 4th, 2017 you can make recommendations on how we should reform our education system by going online and submitting comments at mygov.in . Here’s how you can get involved…
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