NEP 2020: One Education Policy For All States Not Viable, Says Expert

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Kolkata: West Bengal government has constituted a six-member committee to study the new education policy approved by the Centre.

One of the members of the committee has reportedly said that thrusting one education system on all students across states, irrespective of their socio-economic status, is not a viable idea, as per NDTV.

The committee has apparently prepared a ‘voluminous report’ and considered all the aspects of the policy.

“We have almost readied the report, which will be submitted to the government in a couple of days.I am of the view that in a country of 130 crore population, you cannot thrust a uniform education policy on all states, regardless of their needs and economic status. What can be applicable in Manipur may not make sense in Bengal,” the committee member said.

The committee member also pointed out that the Centre should have consulted states before giving its approval. The NEP lacks clarity, the member added further.

“The prevailing education policy where each state has its own board to conduct exams up to the 10th standard cannot be altogether replaced by a new policy without any alternative mechanism in place. These things might not have been considered before ratification of the policy. I have pointed that out in the report,” the committee member was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.

Claiming that the panel had a difficult time understanding the implications of certain recommendations, the reason for abolishing MPhil for research scholars was not very clear.

Earlier this month, the state education minister Partha Chatterjee had also slammed the policy calling it a copy of the system prevalent in western countries.

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