NEP-2020 lacks a coherent roadmap & strategy for implementation: Congress
There is no consultation, no dialogue, no transparency in implementing the new education policy. The big question itself is why the New Education Policy 2020 was announced during the Coronavirus epidemic crisis and that too when all educational institutions are closed.
New Delhi: The Congress has questioned the implementation of the new National Education Policy, saying that it was neither discussed in Parliament nor there is any transparency in its implementation. Congres Communications Department Chief Randeep Singh Surjewala, senior leaders M Plum Raju and Prof Rajeev Gowda said in a joint press conference here on Sunday.
NEP2020, which aimed to pave way for transformational reforms in School & Higher Education, is high on catchwords & verbosity yet lacks a coherent implementational roadmap & strategy,clearly defined milestones & critical finances necessary to execute this grand vision
— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) August 2, 2020
The Congress leaders said in the press conference that education policy 2020 ignored human development, knowledge acquisition and critical thinking. A sense of curiosity is, instead of basic ideas for change in schools and higher education, only the confusion, brightness, kitsch, and splendour of words have been given importance.
Mr. Surjewala said that there is no consultation, no negotiation, nor transparency in implementing the new education policy. The big question in itself is why the Education Policy 2020 was announced during the Covid-19 epidemic crisis and that too when all educational institutions are closed.
Congress spokesperson Surjewala, Mr. M Raju and Mr. Rajiv Gowda said that the entire education community, except those associated with the BJP-RSS, went ahead and opposed it, saying that there was no consultation, dialogue or discussion on the Education Policy 2020.
Need for discussion in Parliament
They said that the Modi government did not even understand the need for discussion or consultation in Parliament before approving this important policy that will determine the future of our next generation. On the contrary, when Congress introduced the Right to Education Act, every aspect of it was widely discussed, both inside and outside Parliament.
Mr. Surjewala said that it has been recommended to spend 6 percent on education. In contrast, the Modi government’s budget has reduced spending on education from 4.14 percent in 2014-15 to 3.2 percent in 2020-21. In the current financial year also, due to the coronavirus epidemic, the amount of this budget will be reduced by about 40 percent. The total expenditure on education will be just equal to 2 percent of the budget.
Congress leaders said that the promises made in the Education Policy 2020 and their fulfillment are like ‘chalk and cheese’ or ‘apples and oranges’ (aasman zameen ka faraq).