PM Modi: NEP to Remove Marksheet Pressure

Poulomi Sikdar

Addressing the School Education Conclave, Modi said the new curriculum will promote critical thinking, creativity, communication and curiosity.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi says that the student will study under a new curriculum drawn by the National Education Policy 2020, when the country celebrates its 75th year of Independence in 2022, and asserted that the curriculum will be "forward-looking, future ready and scientific". Addressing a conclave on "School Education in 21st Century" under the NEP 2020, Modi also emphasised on the need for children to study in their mother tongue or local language at least till Class 5.

Noting that marksheet has become pressure sheet for students and prestige sheet for families, the prime minister said the new policy aims to remove this pressure.

The NEP will reduce the syllabus and make learning a fun-based and complete experience, he said. The new curriculum framework will be developed and be ready by 2022 when the nation celebrates its 75th year of Independence, he said addressing the “School Education Conclave” organised by the Ministry of Education.

He, however, said that the NEP places no bar on learning any language and that children can study English or any international language which they find useful.

Modi said the NEP will give a new direction to the country in the 21st century, sowing the seeds for a new era.

Noting that a nation wide consultation process is going over the policy, PM Modi said, " "The job is not finished yet. It (NEP) has to be implemented in an equally effective manner, and we have to do it together."

He also said that people have many questions regarding the NEP and it is legitimate. He said that after a week of the National Education Policy seeking views on the policy implementation, over 15 Lakh suggestions came on MyGov portal.

The NEP places a lot of thrust on children's education, he said, adding that the young generation is vital to the nation's development.

The NEP has been prepared in way that the syllabus can be reduced and focus should be shifted to fundamentals, he said.

"A national curriculum framework will be developed with a view to make learning a fun-based complete experience," he said.

He pitched for linking education to the surroundings students live in and said engage, explore, experience, express and excel should be the mantra of the new age learning.

Students should have 21st century skills which are critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, curiosity and communication, he said.

One of the major reasons behind the drop-out ratio is that students do not have the freedom of choosing their own subject but NEP will give the choice, he said.

Now, students will not have to be limited to the watertight boundaries of commerce, science, and humanities and will choose any subjects they want to, he said.

The prime minister also urged teaches to emphasise that people follow coronavirus guidelines of using face cover and maintaining social distancing.

The NEP approved by the Union Cabinet in July replaces the 34-year-old National Policy on Education framed in 1986 and is aimed at paving the way for transformational reforms in school and higher education systems to make India a global knowledge superpower.

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