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Features of NEP 2020 lacks clarity cannot be applied to entire nation West Bengal government panel

The West Bengal government formed a committee to study the New Education Policy 2020 a few days back. In its report, the committee has stated that certain features of NEP lack clarity while several other features may not apply to the entire nation, as almost every state has a different cultural heritage. In a vast country like India, which has a diversified socio-economic condition, a common yardstick cannot be applied to all states especially at the primary and secondary levels of education and this has been enunciated in the report, the member said.

“Certain features of the New Education Policy, such as redesigning of class 10 board exams and reforms in primary schools, lack clarity. In a country of 130 crore population, you cannot thrust a uniform education policy on all states, regardless of their linguistic heritage and customs,” the member commented.

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“What can apply to Manipur, what is relevant in Punjab, may not make sense in West Bengal or Tamil Nadu,” he further added, as reported by PTI.

Report by the committee set by West Bengal Education Minister

Last month when the Union Cabinet approved the New Education Policy, the West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee set up the six-member committee of academicians, saying that the state government will convey its opinion on the new policy to the Centre after the panel submits its report.

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The committee has submitted the report of almost 100 pages to the higher education department on August 23 but the state is yet to communicate its view on the policy to the central government.

The report incorporated observations of all members of the panel who include Jadavpur University Vice-Chancellor Suranjan Das, Indologist Nrisingha Prasad Bhaduri, and educationist Pabitra Sarkar, but only the education minister can reveal its contents, another member of the panel said.

Education minister Chatterjee had earlier slammed the NEP, calling it a “copy of the system prevalent in western countries”.

Courtesy: India Today

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