For the National Education Policy 2020 to be effective, it must be implemented appropriately by schools. Here's what schools need to do right now to include NEP 2020 into their curriculum.
The Indian government launched the New Education Policy on July 29 in order to improve the quality of education in the country. The policy applies to both rural and urban India, from elementary school to colleges. It makes a lot of promises and appears to be on schedule in a lot of ways, but a lot depends on how it's done.
The NEP 2020 is bold, practical, forward-thinking, and comprehensive. It covers a wide range of topics, from early childhood to higher education, professional and vocational education, and teacher training to professional education.
It is based on the reality of the country's educational situation, which places a greater premium on students' creativity, invention, and personality development rather than expecting them to score well and memorise content without understanding the concepts.
NEP 2020 includes inquiry-based learning, 21st-century skills, interactive classrooms, transdisciplinary study, and flexible assessments.
The curriculum is the result of careful planning and thorough research, and when implemented, it will minimise stress among young children, aid in the reduction of annual school dropout rates, develop self-sustaining trained individuals, and eventually contribute to quality improvement in general.
1. Concentrate on the important
The curriculum is being mapped across grades and narrowed down to simply the relevant fundamental information. Practical application-based learning will be the focus.
This reduction will allow teachers to incorporate activities such as experiential learning, creative and critical thinking abilities, and so on.
2. Emphasize the significance of reading and numeracy abilities
All schools will need to restructure their teaching practises in these areas in order for these core skills to be developed, strengthened, and achieved by Grade 3.
Reading, writing, and understanding basic mathematical concepts will need to be emphasised more at a young age.
3. Promoting multilingualism and language's power
Students in schools up to Class 5 should be taught in their native tongue or local language wherever possible.
Several studies have shown that young children grasp things best in their mother speech or native languages. To attain the best results, teachers should be encouraged to be bilingual.
4. Classroom teaching changes as a result of the NEP
Moving away from rote study and memorization in order to get good grades on tests and toward true conceptual comprehension.
Schools will need to take a top-down strategy, shifting from completing the curriculum to identifying learning goals, curating classroom instruction through innovative pedagogy, and linking assessments to the learning goals.
To provide a holistic learning experience for students, educators must consider combining subjects, streams, and technology, as well as the components of digital literacy, scientific temper, and computational thinking.