National Education Policy a Paradigm Shift in Education System Says Chief Secretary of Nagaland

Part of the crowd at the Nagaland State Curriculum Framework Development Seminar in Kohima on Wednesday. (EM pictures)

Our correspondent
Kohima, July 13 (EMN):
Nagaland Chief Secretary J Alam said on Wednesday that the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 is a paradigm shift in the education system as it was finalized after extensive consultations and deliberations from the grassroots to the experts .

Addressing the inaugural session of the state-level seminar on “Development of the Nagaland State Curriculum Framework” at the Capital Convention Center in Kohima, the Chief Secretary said

The NEP 2020 is the country’s first education policy in the 21st century, introduced with the aim of addressing several growing development imperatives.

He said that the policy will play an important role in the socio-economic development of the country and that the new education system will strengthen and improve the standard of living of the citizens.

Alam said everyone associated with education, from central government to state governments and other agencies, kicked into high gear right after the announcement of the new education policy.

He said a series of consultations had taken place to translate the policy into action.

A major challenge, especially in school education, is how to transmit knowledge between the teacher and the student, the chief secretary said while expressing the hope that the curriculum framework will be designed to improve the learning outcomes.

He said the NEP 2020 approach is a bottom-up approach where subject matter experts contribute based on which a state program framework will be designed, which will then be used for the national program framework and the national program framework. national program will be developed by the government of India.

“In line with the strategy finalized by the Ministry of Education and NCERT, it has been decided that the National Curriculum Framework (NCF) should be framed by incorporating the local and indigenous flavor of the whole country through wider consultations. For this, it has been decided that three areas of the state curriculum frameworks will be developed first and this will be taken into consideration for the development of the NCF,” Alam said.

He further said that another big challenge was to access education, especially among the disadvantaged sections of society, and underlined the need for more efforts to reach out to the excluded.

In her remarks, the Commissioner and Secretary of the Department of School Education and SCERT, Kevileno Angami, said that the contributions of those involved in the curriculum are essential as they will form the basis on which SCERT will develop textbooks.

She informed that under the new policy, the program will be a 5 + 3 + 3 + 4 system, where five years will be the fundamental stage, three years the preparatory stage, three years the intermediate stage and four years the secondary stage. .

She highlighted the need to recalibrate and restructure the education system as envisaged in the NEP, 2020.

While emphasizing various pertinent issues relevant to the seminar, she emphasized the values ​​of learning about one’s tradition and culture, while knowledge of the state and country, including rights and Basic duties, among others, must be incorporated into the curriculum in order to produce responsible citizens who can contribute to the nation.

Emphasizing holistic learning, Kevileno Angami said core subjects will need to be integrated with arts, sports and life skills.

As highlighted in NEP 2020, she said, the flexibility of choices has been captured as part of the state curriculum.

She added that flexibility must be offered to students so that they can make life choices and study plans while still in school. However, some subjects such as life skills, math and science will continue to be compulsory, she said.

Emphasizing the need to change with the changing times, she said it was imperative to provide a curriculum for students so that they could adapt to the changing times.

Director of SCERT, N Chumchanbeni Kikon, said the aim of education policy is to develop good human beings capable of rational thought and action, possessing compassion and empathy, courage and resilience, a scientific temperament and a creative imagination, with solid moorings and ethical values.

Kikon affirmed that the policy aims to produce engaged, productive and contributing citizens to build an equitable, inclusive and pluralistic society. She also said that the policy envisions an education system rooted in the Indian ethos that directly contributes to transforming itself into an equitable and vibrant knowledge society, thereby making India a global knowledge superpower.

“This policy aims to make education more experiential, holistic, integrated, research-driven, discovery-driven, learner-centered, discussion-based, flexible and enjoyable,” she said.

Nagaland State Focus Groups for 25 subjects worked tirelessly to present a draft State Curriculum Framework (SCF 2022) guided by NEP 2020 visions and principles to integrate and infuse traditional knowledge , cultural values ​​and indigenous education in all subjects. areas of the state curriculum framework,” she added.

Senior Lecturer, Veketulu Veyie, spoke on “Curriculum Framework for School Education” and Dr. Zavise Rume, Professor, SCERT, spoke on “Curriculum Framework for Teacher Education” in the first and second sessions of the seminar respectively.

The discussion on “Curriculum Framework for Adult Education” was led by James Sema, Lecturer, DIET Dimapur, while Razouvolie Peter Phewhuo, SAO, SCERT, spoke on “Issues and Challenges, Action Plan future” and closing remarks by the additional director, SCERT, Keviraleü Kerhuo.