Draft for National Education Policy is a “good wishful” document, says Manish Sisodia

Draft for National Education Policy is a “good wishful” document, says Manish Sisodia

New Delhi, September 08: According to Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, the draft for the Centre’s National Education Policy (NEP) is a “good wishful” document. There is no roadmap for how the changes will be implemented, the Delhi’s Education Minister said. He added that the NEP may end up in a “disaster” like the no-detention policy without a step-wise implementation plan.

“Broadly, it is a good draft except for a few small things here and there. The concepts they have talked about are good. They have set targets that one has to reach rooftop but policy does not talk about step one that how will they reach there,” Mr. Sisodia has been quoted as saying to a news agency in an interview.

“A no-detention policy”

“That is what the disaster happened in no-detention policy, the right to education was made a fundamental right and no-detention policy was implemented without any preparatory measures. They could have said that in one year B.Ed. programmes will be changed, next year, books will be replaced, in the third year examination pattern will be revamped and then the no-detention policy will be implemented,” he told the media.

“Teachers did not know what to do and how. They just knew that they were not supposed to fail children. A similar thing can happen here, NEP implementation may end up like the no-detention policy,” he added.

More than 2 lakh suggestions received by MHRD

The draft of the new National Education Policy (NEP) was submitted to Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ when he took charge by a panel led by former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chief K Kasturirangan. The draft was then put in the public domain to seek feedback from various stakeholders. The HRD Ministry received more than two lakh suggestions for the same.

“They have defined some good concepts like the introduction of learning outcomes. But how? Their B.Ed programmes are running on rot learning and so are the teacher training programmes. Has the government asked the National Council of Teacher Education (NCTE) to work on a draft B.Ed. programme in accordance with NEP? Unless there is a roadmap for implementation it is a good wishful draft. They must fix the linkages and there should be an year-wise timeline for implementation,” Mr. Sisodia added.

The existing NEP was framed in 1986 and its revision was done in 1992.