New National Education Policy set to be introduced; HRD Ministry renamed Education Ministry

Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, July 29 

The new National Education Policy is predicted to be introduced at four pm on Wednesday after the Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accepted it in a gathering right this moment morning.

The final schooling coverage was adopted in 1992, simply earlier than India witnessed the Internet revolution. The doc, subsequently, didn’t think about know-how within the development of India’s nationwide schooling objectives.

Apart from renaming the HRD Ministry because the Education Ministry, the brand new NEP is more likely to announce the combination of early childhood care and schooling (ECCE) into the Right to Education Act ambit. ECCE covers the preschool years beneath age six. RTE Act at present doesn’t cowl this section which is primarily catered by the Anganwaris below the Women and Child Development Ministry’s Integrated Child Development Services scheme.

The new NEP envisages bringing ECCE part out of the purview of WCD ministry and below Education ministry. It additionally mandates the NCERT to border the foundational curriculum for below six years kids within the preschool stage.

“The Policy therefore focuses on developing an excellent curricular and pedagogical framework for early childhood education by NCERT and ECCE would be delivered through a significantly expanded and strengthened system of early childhood educational institutions, consisting of Anganwadis, pre-primary schools/sections co-located with existing primary schools, and stand-alone pre-schools, all of which will employ workers/teachers specially trained in the curriculum and pedagogy of ECCE,” says the draft coverage framed by a panel led by former ISRO chief Ok Kasturirangan in 2019.

The coverage says the normal roles of households in elevating, nurturing, and educating kids additionally should be strongly supported and built-in with ECCE.

“In particular, family leave policies that afford women and men the ability to tend to their children in their earliest years of life are critical in enabling families to fulfil these traditional roles. To reinforce the public system’s commitment to providing quality early childhood care and education to all children before the age of 6, the Policy suggests that ECCE be included as an integral part of the RTE Act. The 86th Amendment of the Constitution in 2002, in fact, provided an unambiguous commitment for universalisation of ECCE by directing the “State to provide ECCE to all children until they complete the age of six years”.

Section 11 of the RTE Act additionally already mentioned the attainable public provision of early childhood schooling and mentioned: “With a view to prepare children above the age of three years for elementary education and to provide ECCE for all children until they complete the age of six years government will make arrangements.”

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