Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that National Education Policy (NEP) is going to give a new direction to 21st century India.
PM said that hardly any aspect of our life remained the same in last three decades yet our education system is still running under the old system.
The new National Education Policy is a means to fulfill new aspirations, new opportunities of a New India, he said.
PM addressed the Conclave on ‘School Education in 21st Century’ under National Education Policy’ here today through video conference.
A two-day Conclave on “School Education in 21st Century” organised by Ministry of Education as part of Shikshak Parv 2020 virtually commenced on 10 September, 2020.
The two-day conclave has been organised by the Ministry of Education as part of Shikshak Parv.
Union Minister for Education Ramesh Pokhriyal; Union Minister of State for Education, Sanjay Dhotre; Secretary, Department of Higher Education, Amit Khare, Secretary, Department of School Education and Literacy, Anita Karwal also participated in the event.
Dr. Kasturirangan, Chairman, Drafting committee of NEP; Prof. M.K Shridhar, Member, Drafting committee of NEP; Prof Manjul Bhargava, Member, Drafting committee of NEP and Dr Shakila Shamsu, Member, Drafting committee of NEP were also present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion Prime Minister said that the NEP 2020 is a result of hard work of people from every region, every sector and every language in the last 3 to 4 years. He said the actual work begins now, with the implementation of the policy.
The Prime Minister said it is legitimate that many questions arise after the announcement of the Policy and that it is necessary to discuss such issues in this conclave to move forward.
The Prime Minister expressed happiness that principals and teachers are enthusiastically participating in this discussion to implement the National Education Policy.
He said that over 1.5 million suggestions have been received within a week from teachers across the country on implementing the National Education Policy.
The Prime Minister said that energetic youth are the engines of development of a country but that their development should begin from their childhood.
He said that the education of children, the right environment they get, to a large extent determines what the person would become in his future and what his personality would be.
The Prime Minister said that it is in preschool where children begin to understand their senses, their skills better. For this, there is a need for schools and teachers to provide an environment of fun learning, playful learning, activity based learning and discovery based learning to children.
In the National Education Policy, The Prime Minister stressed the importance of replacing the old 10 Plus 2 with the system of 5 Plus 3 Plus 3 Plus 4.
He said now playful education of the pre-school which is limited to private schools in cities will also reach villages once this policy is implemented.
The Prime Minister laid down a goal for the children of the nation in Oral Reading Fluency. He said that it must be ensured that every child who crosses the third grade can easily read 30 to 35 words in a minute with comprehension.
He added that this will help him in understanding the content of other subjects with ease. He further said that all this will happen only when the studies are connected to the real world, to our lives and to the surrounding environment.
The Prime Minister stressed on the need to increase such easy and innovative methods. These experiments should be the core of our new age learning - Engage, Explore, Experience, Express and Excel.