The Indian government on Wednesday announced a new education policy, bringing changes after a long time.
One of the features of the new education policy is to replace the old format of the 10+2 structure of the school curriculum with 5+3+3+4 corresponding to the age groups of 3-8, 8-11, 11-14, and 14-18 years respectively.
After listening to the news of this new education policy, all students may have some detailed questions in their minds. Their minds will be filled with questions as well as happiness because this is the first time the government has taken some wise steps towards solving the problems of students.
I will try to cover all the questions plus some details about the new education policy by the Indian government.
The new education policy high lights;
- All higher education institutions, except legal and medical colleges, are to be governed by a single regulator.
- Common norms are in place for private and public higher education institutions.
- MPhil courses to be discontinued.
- Board exams are to be based on knowledge application.
- home language, mother tongue or regional language to be the medium of instruction up to class.
- Common entrance exams will be held for admission to universities and higher education institutions.
- School curriculum to be reduced to core concepts; integration of vocational education into class.
First, let's discuss what this new education policy is?
As I mentioned above, this new education policy is about replacing the 38-year-old policy with the new format of 5+3+3+4 for students to save them from trouble.
What is the new education policies 5+3+3+4 to replace 10+2?
With the new education policy, the government is shifting from the old format of 10+2 to 5+3+3+4, keeping in mind children's development and potential.
The new NEP replaces the old rules framed in 1986 with the new ones, to make the education system more flexible for school education and for higher education.
What does the 5+3+3+4 code mean?
As I have explained above, they've replaced 10+2 with 5+3+3+4, which means that now education is divided periodically. Starting from the first one.
A foundational course for 5 years
This will consist of 3 years of pre-schooling/Anganwadi education (basic education) and 2 years of primary education, including class 1 and class 2.
This will be for students in the age groups of 3-8.
The preparatory stage for 3 years.
This will cover the school education of class 3 to class 5 with experimental learning. It will be for the age group of students 8-11.
The secondary stage for 3 years
This will cover secondary school education from class 6 to class 8 and will be for students aged 11-14.
The secondary stage for 4 years
This will cover higher education in two phases. The first phase will be from class 9 to class 10, and the second phase will be from class 11th and class 12th.
New assessment rules will come into place in the year 2022-2023. As per the latest assessment scheme, school exams for classes 3,5 and 8 will test essential children's learning with an overall progress report card.
Board exams according to new education policy?
According to new policies, board exams will be made more accessible to check the strong fields of students.
In my view, this is the best step taken by the government towards student safety because our education system was becoming rigid and students were suffering from the old system.
As you know, in India every year we lose a lot of students because they fail to cope with the education system. But I think the new education policy seems much more student-friendly and it also allows a student to study at his own free will.
Is this new policy going to affect old students and students who are currently in class 11th and class 12th?
You don't have to worry about that, just focus on your studies and if there is any need or information that you require, it will be provided to you by your schools. And I don't think it's going to affect old students because they may have thought through this. So stop worrying.