Suggestions on draft NEP needed: Education Minister

IMPHAL, 24th Jul: Education Minister Thokchom Radheshyam has sought suggestions on the Draft National Education Policy (NEP), 2019 to make the education system of Manipur better.
Opinions and views specifically focusing on the areas that are strongly felt essential to be introduced in the education system of Manipur need to be pointed out and contributed as suggestions, the Minister said while speaking at the “1-Day Consultative Meet” on National Education Policy (NEP), 2019 organised by Directorate of State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) at the Multipurpose Hall, SCERT here Wednesday.
Radheshyam said that education is to make children curious and imagine new things, adding children should not be pressurized but allowed to grow freely.
He highlighted that due to excessive academic pressures and demands from parents and peer groups there is issue of high rate of suicide cases among the students in the country. In this draft policy, certain views should be put up to address these issues and bring a positive change.
Joint Secretary, L Nandakumar Singh said that by 2020, half of India’s total population will be in the age bracket of 26 years of age. It is important to make suggestions on the Draft NEP, 2019 before it is finalised so that the views and suggestions specifically made in accordance to need of the state could be furnished as part of the education system, he added.
Highlighting the different components of the Draft NEP-2019, SCERT director Dr M Meenakumari Devi said that the consultative meet is focussed on the School Education under which - Pedagogy & Curriculum in Schools, Teachers and Teachers Education are the sub-section being discussed.
Reading out the vision of the Draft NEP, 2019 she said that the new policy is drafted in order to meet the need and demand of the 21st Century.
Academicians, officials of SCERT, teachers and students attended the programme.

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