Highlights of the CBSE New Education Policy 2020
Parents all over the country have always been confused about which Educational Board to choose for their child. While the nation has CBSE board schools and well as ICSE schools in abundance, parents have always been in a dilemma about which Board to go for. For years now, ICSE and ISC have been considered as the superior board by most people due to their advanced curriculum. However, the recent update in the education policy has left everyone shocked, in a good way, of course.
On July 30th, the Union Cabinet Minister approved the New Education Policy and renamed the Ministry of Human Resource and Development as the Ministry of Education. The name of the ministry was changed to bring back the focus on education. It is said to be a comprehensive guideline in the education system of the nation with the motive to promote education and literacy amongst the youth. Numerous changes were made in schools as well as college levels. The update in the education policy has taken place after 34 years. The last NEP (National Education Policy) was announced in 1986. Thus, it can be said the updated education policy is sure to bring a positive wave in the said sector.
What Are The Major Key Points?
The revamped education system shall now focus on making education easier and less stressful for the students. The undergraduate course will now have a four-year multidisciplinary undergraduate program with multiple exit options, and discontinuation of the M.Phil program. For schools, the curriculum shall now focus on core essential learning and experiential learning as well as the critical-thinking approach. Being the best CBSE school in Siliguri, we aim to prepare the students for the future based on practical knowledge. Earlier the schools followed a 10 + 2 academic pattern, however, the New Education Policy directs educational institutes to follow a 5+3+3+4 schedule, divided as follows:
5 years: Foundation Course
3 Years: Preparatory Stage
4 Years: Middle School
4 Years: Secondary School
The students will now have the liberty to choose subjects of their choice even if they belong to different streams. The system of streams has been broken down and the spotlight is laid on the interest of students. The reformed education policy believes that a student might have an interest in multiple subjects belonging to different streams, thus, their passion shouldn’t be ignored. For example, a student of Fashion Designing might also have an interest in Mathematics, or someone studying Biology can also take up Literature or Sociology as their subject if that’s what they are inclined towards. This is by far the most revolutionary change brought about in the Indian Education System.
Board exams will now be conducted twice a year and will also only test core competencies. The board exams will also be modular, that is, they will have a more objective and subjective approach. This is done keeping in mind the morale and psychological impact exams have on the tender minds. Giving students multiple chances to appear for examinations will make sure that they are not burdened by the thought of taking examinations, but rather appear when they are prepared for it. Everyone needs a second chance and students are no exception to it.
Multiple Language Learning Choices
India is a land of many languages and dialects, thus, confining the academic structure to a few languages seem a little unfair. Hence the system now approves of teaching three languages until class 8. The third language shall comprise the local language. This was done keeping in mind the necessity to know the universal language i.e. English, the most commonly used language of the nation i.e. Hindi, and the local dialect, depending on the state you reside in.
No Affiliation Over the next fifteen years, colleges will be given graded autonomy to give degrees. The affiliation with universities shall end, so would the deemed universities status.
SAT like Exams to be Held Twice
Common college entrance exams such as SATs will be conducted twice a year. This is to give students a second chance and avoid wasting an entire academic year.
Changes in Bachelor’s Program
Multidisciplinary Bachelor’s Program to be stretched for 4 years. It has been observed that a large number of students drop out midterm due to varied reasons, be it a health issue, sudden economic crisis, or family responsibilities. Such students shall now have a fair chance to complete their degree after a break..
To strengthen our bonds with international universities and indulge the students into foreign standards to education, more top universities from all around the world will be facilitated to come to India. Top Indian institutes will also be promoted to go global.
The tests will judge the actual knowledge of students and so they will be low stakes.
The mother tongue will be used as a medium of instruction till class 5 to make sure the students learn better.
The focus will be primarily on literacy and knowledge
The division and social hierarchy of streams will end and so will the stigma against subjects that do not belong to the Science stream.
No differentiation between vocational, academic, curriculum and extra curriculum will be made.