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With an aim to achieve the goals and objectives of the National Education Policy 2020, the Department of School Education and Literacy has developed an indicative and suggestive Implementation Plan for School Education. Called ‘Students’ and Teachers’ Holistic Advancement through Quality Education (SARTHAQ)’, the implementation plan was released by Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank earlier this week. Speaking on the occasion, the minister had said the major focus of SARTHAQ is to define activities in such a manner which clearly delineate goals, outcomes and timeframe. Calling it interactive, flexible and inclusive, the Education minister said the implementation of SARTHAQ would benefit all stakeholders including 25 crore students, 15 lakh schools, 94 lakh teachers, Educational Administrators, Parents, and community.

Students’ and Teachers’ Holistic Advancement through Quality Education or SARTHAQ:

  • Launched in pursuance of the goals of NEP2020 and to assist States/UTs in this task.
  • The programme aims at providing an all-around development for the students at the primary and secondary level.
  • It will also establish a safe, secure, inclusive and conducive learning environment for students as well as teachers.
  • The major focus is to define activities in such a manner which clearly delineate goals, outcomes and timeframe i.e., it links recommendation of NEP with 297 Tasks along with responsible agencies, timelines and 304 outputs of these tasks.”

The plan is being implemented to meet the following aims of NEP 2020:

  • It will pave way for curriculum reforms including new national and state curriculum frameworks for school education as well as early childhood care and education.
  • The programme will focus on the improvement of the enrollment ratio of children at all levels and a reduction in dropouts and out of school children.
  • It will provide access to quality ECCE and Universal Acquisition of Foundational Literacy and Numeracy by Grade 3.
  • It will implement vocational education, sports, arts, knowledge of India, 21st-century skills, values of citizenship, awareness of environment conservation in the curriculum.
  • It will focus on experimental learning.
  • It will also improve the quality of Teacher Education Programmes.

Way Forward:

  • The New Education Policy 2020 aims to facilitate an inclusive, participatory and holistic approach, which takes into consideration field experiences, empirical research, stakeholder feedback, as well as lessons learned from best practices.
  • It is a progressive shift towards a more scientific approach to education.
  • The prescribed structure will help to cater the ability of the child – stages of cognitive development as well as social and physical awareness.
  • If implemented in its true vision, the new structure can bring India at par with the leading countries of the world.
  • The education policy should maintain a symbiotic relationship between the different regions of the country through the study of different languages.
  • The quality of education provided in the country shall be such that it not only delivers basic literacy and numeracy but also creates an analytical environment in the country.