The effectiveness of the Indian education system has been questioned. There is a huge gap between companies and skilled jobs. The candidates are not well-equipped. Moreover, a majority of the students are not aware of their career choice. They have no direction, therefore they don’t invest time on educating themselves. These are a few of the pitfalls of the education system resulting a lack of awareness and no holistic development
To bring reforms in the education sector, the Union Cabinet approved the National Education Policy (NEP). President Ram Nath Kovind on the eve of 74th Independence Day also shared his views on the new policies that will transform the existing education system, turning challenges into opportunities. This policy is set to replace the 34-year-old National Policy on Education, 1986.
Let’s take a look at how these changes can bridge this gap, preparing candidates to be job-ready in the career of their choice.
Say goodbye to rote learning: This has been a long-contested topic among students. Cramming things worked earlier but now examinations are knowledge and application-based. The idea is to replace rote learning with experiential learning at the school level.
New structure: The previous structure (10+2) limited students to certain subjects but with the new education structure (5+3+3+4), they will have the flexibility to choose them as per their interests and talents. The emphasis is on the overall development of the students along with vocational education.
Increased Awareness: One of the other drawbacks of the education system is lack of awareness which would be not the case with the NEP. Students can explore other avenues and make their careers in those aveneues. For example, if someone wants to venture into energy management then they can. We all are aware of the record-breaking effects of global climate change on the environment. To reduce the carbon footprint, energy management plays a crucial role. We need skilled, energy managers who can strive towards green energy.
To meet the demands of the current times, this education reform was necessary so that the youth can develop skills at an early stage and is well-equipped to face the challenges of the 21st century.