NEP 2020 will improve education sector: Dr Radheshyam

IMPHAL, 30th Jul: Welcoming the Union Cabinet’s approval of the National Education Policy, (NEP) 2020, education minister Dr Thokchom Radheshyam has assured that the Government of Manipur will implement the Policy for the betterment of education system in the state.
In a media briefing held at the conference hall, SSA Babupara on Thursday, Dr Radheshyam highlighting the importance of NEP 2020, said it is the first Education Policy of the 21st century that will be replacing the 34 years old National Policy on Education (NPE-1986) to make way for large scale reforms in both school and higher education sectors of the state and country at large.
“The Policy based on five pillars of Access, Equity, Quality, Affordability and Accountability, will help in transforming India into a vibrant knowledge society and global knowledge superpower,” he said.
The minister opined that once the policy is implemented in the state it will bring positive changes and infrastructural advancement in the education sector and will help in reducing the number of students pursuing higher education outside the state. Children of the state have enormous talent and potential and the NEP, 2020 will act as tool to nurture their full potential. Manipur is known for its rich art and vibrant culture and there is a huge scope for nurturing the art and culture as per the Policy, the said.
He observed that the NEP, 2020 is crucial for reformation of education and urged the people to understand it so that the potentials and capabilities of the young minds could be enhanced to the maximum with the implementation of the policy.
Dr Radheshyam stressed that every child is born with their own unique innate talents and with the implementation of the policy, it will help in developing these qualities and potentials of the young minds with the flexible curricula, creative combinations of subjects, integration of vocational education, among others.
He remarked that there will be multiple entry and exit points and explained that one can get a certificate by doing only one year of graduation programme, or can get an advance diploma certificate by undergoing two-year of the programme. “One can also go for three year graduation programme plus one year of research degree. This will definitely strengthen the research sector of the nation.”
He stated that the policy for the first time will also accommodate 3 years of Pre-Primary. The mode of communication for learning-teaching up to grade 5 will now have to be carried out through home/local language and preferably for students of up to grade 8.
He expressed that the centre and the states will work together to increase the public investment in the education sector to reach 6 per cent of GDP which was earlier below 3 per cent. This increase in financing of education will help in overall development of infrastructure of the education sector especially in addressing the shortages of teachers, he maintained. Dr Radheshyam further appealed to the state’s stakeholders in education sector, educationists, student unions and principals of various institutions to carry out detailed discussions on NEP, 2020 and take full advantage of the Policy for the benefit of education in the state.
The programme was also attended by Education (S) commissioner T Ranjit Singh; Higher & Technical Education commissioner M Harekrishna; Education (S) director Th Kirankumar; University & Higher Education director Kh Diana; SCERT director Dr M Meenakumari and other officials.

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