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Draft National Education Policy (NEP)

Topic covered:

Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

 

Draft National Education Policy (NEP)

 

What to study?

For prelims and mains: key features and significance of the policy.

 

Context: the draft National Education Policy (NEP) has been released.

 

Highlights of the draft:

  • It proposes expansion of the RTE Act. It aims to cover the three years of preschool before Class 1.
  • It wants early childhood education to be overseen and regulated by the Ministry of HRD as part of the school system.
  • This will be in addition to the private pre-schools and anganwadis that currently cater to the 3-to-6 years age group.
  • It suggests a new integrated curricular framework for 3 to 8-year olds with a flexible system based on play, activity and discovery, and beginning exposure to three languages from age 3 onwards.
  • The NEP could result in an upheaval in the anganwadi system which has been overseen by the Ministry of WCD for more than four decades.

 

Sources: the Hindu.