A senior minister in the Mamata Banerjee government said that the Center targeted for the National Policy on Education (NEP), 2020, saying it was prepared without being passed in Parliament and states were not taken into confidence.
West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said on Friday that education is on the concurrent list, but the content of the new policy was not discussed with the state governments before it was passed by the Union Cabinet on July 29.
The Congress and the Left parties criticized the BJP-led government at the Center for “sidelining” the Parliament on the NEP on 30 July. DMK president MK Stalin on Saturday attacked the policy, saying it was an attempt to “impose” Hindi and Sanskrit and vowed to fight against it by joining hands with such political parties and chief ministers of other states. .
Mr. Chatterjee, who was speaking to reporters on Friday night, claimed that the NEP, 2020 is a “copy paste of the Western model”.
TMC General Secretary Mr. Chatterjee said, “I wonder how they (the Center) think about implementing it without any discussion with Parliament and the state government. It is unilateral.”
Ms. Banerjee, who is the TMC supremo, is one of the most important critics of the BJP.
The West Bengal government has “listed 10-12 marks of the NEP, which we will indicate in a letter to the Center very soon,” the minister said, but did not elaborate. Reacting to Chatterjee’s comments, West Bengal BJP President Dilip Ghosh said that those who have destroyed the state’s education system have no right to criticize others.
Ghosh said, “It is an irony that the state government which has no education policy is opposing the education policy of the central government. The education system in Bengal is completely broken.”
The Union Cabinet on 29 July approved the National Education Policy 2020, replacing the 34-year Education Policy, 1986.
The highlight of the draft policy is that all students will appear for the school exams in grades 3, 5 and 8, which will be conducted by the appropriate authority. Board exams will continue for grades 10 and 12, but redesigned.
It also advocated “broad, based, multi-disciplinary, holistic undergraduate education with flexible curriculum, creative combination of subjects, integration of vocational education and exit points with appropriate entries”.
The new policy received approval from the cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi after six years of consultation. It will replace the previous system that was announced in 1986 and revised in 1992.