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Examine the significant features as well as the gaps in the recently approved National Education Policy of 2020.

Topic : Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora.

4. Examine the significant features as well as the gaps in the recently approved National Education Policy of 2020. (250 words)

Reference: The Hindu 

Why the question:

Thirty-four years after the last National Policy on Education was introduced, in 1986, the National Education Policy, 2020 has been announced. It has been approved by the Union Cabinet, and will hopefully be approved by Parliament soon. Thus the question.

Key Demand of the question:

The question is straightforward and aims to assess the advantages and lacunae in the NEP 2020.

Directive:

Examine – When asked to ‘Examine’, we must look into the topic (content words) in detail, inspect it, investigate it and establish the key facts and issues related to the topic in question. While doing so we should explain why these facts and issues are important and their implications.

 Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

The article explains that despite having several innovative and bold proposals, National Education Policy, 2020 also makes a few problematic assumptions.

Body:

Discuss first the features and the bold moves of the new policy 2020 such as recognition of education as a public good. Holistic education involving both academic and non-academic spheres. Incorporation of early childhood care and education and the provision of breakfast in the school meal programme through 5+3+3+4 system.

Discuss then the issues associated with NEP 2020. Highlight the concerns and suggest solutions.

Conclusion:

Conclude that an idea based on good intentions cannot materialize unless it is implemented properly.