The importance of elementary education is overlooked in many parts and sectors of our country. The base of education can hence be amiss and impact the future of many students. NEP 2020 aims to standardise education right from the initial level to eliminate the same.
With the bilingual education system prevalent in the country, statistics still indicate that as long as English teaching is done consistently, our country has been capable of building a skilled force of employable youth who excel in their professions worldwide. Hence, we can safely say that when applied correctly, the bilingual mode of imparting education is not a roadblock to effective education. With the application of NEP 2020, it is suggested that regional languages should be used as and when required to cut down complex subjects and aid students in learning. This will help them set a strong and clear base.
In addition, standardising of pre-primary and primary education is another key factor. With different mediums to give education, whether it be anganwadis, nurseries, or a direct start from grade I, students of the same age should be imparted a similar level of education throughout the country. This is what NEP 2020 aims to formalise by implementing a universal syllabus that can be imparted using diverse teaching methods to help students receive similar foundational knowledge, discuss experts.
In India, you can even find different households practising bilingual or more modes of communicating with each other, and hence teachers should also be given the flexibility to guide students in the right way. As long as English is a major part of the curriculum, teachers can work on balancing the three Rs – Reading, Writing and Rhythmic in a fun, interactive way.
Even in rural areas of tier-2 cities with less access to facilities, education can be made interactive by utilising locally available resources. All that is needed is to enable teachers in these regions on how to implement the same. uplift the educational system in the rural or tier-2 regions of the country, especially for elementary education. This will help in not only learning using surrounding resources but will also promote creativity in both teachers and students.
Experts conclude by discussing that to set up an institution of uniform elementary education, the governing bodies should centre their focus in sectors where poor infrastructure and inaccessibility are impairing education, especially at a younger age. Engaging and tapping into children of all social and economic strata to educate them is essential. And, that is exactly what NEP 2020 plans to achieve.
Bilingual Approach During the Early years of Education
Creating a skilled mass of employable youth world over, Indian education is not directly hindered by the use of bilingual mode of imparting education. NEP 2020 aims to use regional languages to simplify and help the student comprehend complex concepts, which will enable his/her progress, begin experts
Stressing on 3 Rs' at a Young Age
With even households practising bilingual modes of communication, teachers should be given the leeway to guide students in the right way by balancing the three Rs – Reading, Writing and Rhythmic in a fun, interactive way, mention experts.
How to Achieve Foundational Literacy?
With diverse structures to impart education, right from anganwadis, nurseries, direct start off from grade I, the base of education has never been uniform. NEP 2020 is set to formalise and set up a universal syllabus and teaching methods to help students achieve an almost similar level of foundational knowledge, add experts.
Standardising Elementary Education in Tier 2 cities and Rural Areas
Efficient usage of locally-available resources is essential to uplift the educational system in the rural or tier-2 regions of the country, especially for elementary education. Teaching students with resources around them will foster education, creative and potential in teachers and students. This only needs the right retention to be offered to teachers, say experts.
Universalisation and Effective Implementation of Elementary Education
Experts in discussion suggest that the need to implement a uniform elementary education, with dedicated focus in areas where poor infrastructure and inaccessibility are prevalent is essential. NEP 2020 should focus at the base also, and tap into students of all strata.