Report; Bureau, Odishabarta
Bhubaneswar,17/06/19:17th June- The Draft New Education Policy 2019 includes some long-awaited shift in the education sector many of which were long-standing demands of the civil society and are highly welcome. However, there are some inclusions which needs to be reconsidered before it is finalized, told civil society leaders while discussing in a consultative workshop on Draft National Education Policy 2019, herein Bhubaneswar.
Sustainability Foundation, a state level non-profit organized this workshop in collaboration with National Coalition for Education to come out with key points of recommendations on the policy as the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India is seeking inputs and suggestions on the Draft National Education Policy (NEP) 2019 from citizens by June 30.
“We welcome the policy as it talks about inclusion of both early childhood education and secondary education under RTE, doubling the budgetary allocation for education, strengthening decentralized mechanisms of teacher management and support and a possible come back of the no-detention policy which was scrapped by the BJP led NDA Government.
However, our demand on Common School System is long standing and justified. The Education Commission of India in its report in 1964-66 recommended the establishment of a Common School System for all children irrespective of their class, caste, religious or linguistic background. However, this has no place in the policy. Secondly, the policy specifically promotes private schools in the name of quality education whereas there is no evidence to prove that private schools deliver quality education. We hope that our feedbacks are taken into consideration for the better future of children ofour country,"said Mr Naba Kisore Pujari Chairman of Sustainability Foundation Policy exports on education from International NGOs and Odisha RTE Forum and members of grassroots level NGOs from 15 districts participated in the workshop and placed various loopholes of the policy based on the education rights of the children.
Dr Subhashree Das, Trustee Sustainability Foundation, Dr Prashant Kumar Acharya, Dr Smarita Pradhan, Secretary of Sikshasandhan Mr Anil Pradhan, Mr Santosh Kumar Patra, Educationist and Co-convener of Odisha RTE Forum Mr. Smruti Ranjan Jena, Principal of BJEM School Ms. Kshanika Das and many other prominent leaders from the Civil society attended the workshop.
The prepared points of recommendations which will be submitted to the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.
KEY POINTS OF RECOMMENDATION ON DRAFT NATIONAL EDUCATION POLICY 2019 FROM CSOS:
Proper allotment of time slot should be provided for a brief explanatory review
Role priorities of different committees should be clear
Some ambiguities between government and private bodies give space for common school system
Categories like child labour
Orphan children and other needs to be included
No priority on unrepresentative groups in policy
For inclusive educative a different curriculum pedagogy may be developed
PTR norms to be redefined
Patternship with CSO’s is an welcoming idea which may be involved as per the specialization
Inclusive Education is more of a socio-personal issue. Hence mindset of people, beliefs and attitude need to be addressed.
Target to achieve inclusive education as mentioned in policy 2030 may be addressed urgently and immediately.
Extension of RTE downward and uopward is an welcoming idea but refining infrastructure, selection of teachers, teachers’ capability, teacher’s training may be specified in the plan of Action.
Need clarity on assessment of at Foundation state of learning
Clarity on merging process of preschool and school need to specify
Mother parents to be included in SMC along with Educationist with their role clarity
Mother tongue based multi lingual education to be must atleast upto middle stage
Like English, Sanskrit may be introduce from middle level
Rural technology and traditional technology to be included from the very beginning of the education process
Digital learning may be used with availability of all supportive infrastructure and human capability
Subject wise teacher to be insured from middle state of education
Education from Foundation stage to be planed for vocation
Vocation education to start from secondary stage
Clear plan of Action of vocational education to draw
Concept with role, responsibility and accountability on School Complex
Clarity on including Anganwadi in School Complex to be made clear
Role, functioning, structure and accountability of State Regulatory Authority and relationship /linkage between central regulatory authority
National policy on Research to be framed.