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National Education Policy — Keeping up with the changing knowledge landscape. How is LEAD empowering schools to keep up with the pace?

National Education Policy — Keeping up with the changing knowledge landscape. How is LEAD empowering schools to keep up with the pace?

22/09/2022

Neha Bhandari

School Owner

Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam once said, “Educationists should build the capacities of the spirit of inquiry, creativity, entrepreneurial and moral leadership among students and become their role model.” The National Education Policy 2020 is a holistic step toward making education more experiential, integrated, inquiry-driven, learner-oriented, flexible, and enjoyable.

The new National Education Policy 2020 (NEP), which was recently launched by the Ministry of Education (MoE), replaces the thirty-four-year- old National Policy on Education (NPE), framed in 1986. It is the first education policy of the 21st century that aspires to make India a “Global Knowledge Superpower” by reforming the Indian education system. It is based on five traditional foundational pillars:

NEP 2020 is the first education policy of the 21st century that aspires to make India a “Global Knowledge Superpower” by reforming the Indian education system.

  • Quality
  • Equity
  • Access
  • Accountability
  • Affordability

The revised policy aims to universalise education at all levels, from preschool to secondary, and introduces a new 5+3+3+4 structure that replaces the old 10+2 education system. Listed below are National Education Policy highlights.

 

National Education Policy Highlights

The vision of the revised policy is to inculcate among the learners a deep- rooted pride in being Indian, not only in thought but also in intellect, spirit, and deeds. The National Education Policy highlights include:

In this article

The New Pedagogical & Curricular Structure

Universalisation of Education in India

Inclusion of Essential Subjects, Skills, and Capacities

The Promotion of Multilingualism and the Power of Language

A Greater Focus on Teacher Empowerment

  1. The New Pedagogical & Curricular Structure
    The current 10+2 structure doesn’t cover children between 3 to 6 years, as Class 1 begins at 6. However, in the new 5+3+3+4 curricular structure, a strong base of ECCE (Early Childhood Care and Education) from the age of 3 has been included to promote the overall development, learning, and well-being of children.

    ECCE ideally encourages the following types of learning:

    • Play-based,
    • Activity-based
    • Multi-level
    • Multi-faceted
    • Enquiry-based
    • Flexible

    The purpose is to promote children’s physical, motor, cognitive, socio-emotional-ethical, and cultural/artistic development.

  2. Universalisation of Education in India
    The National Education Policy 2020 is designed to ensure universal access to high-quality ECCE across India in a systematic manner. It emphasises universalising education at all levels, from pre-primary school (age 3 onwards) to Grade 12 (18 years).
    This will be achieved through utilising the power of new-age tools and technologies in education. The idea is to make learning holistic, integrated, enjoyable and engaging for students. With universal access to ECCE, the government aims to raise the Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in higher education to 50% by 2025 and achieve 100% GER in school education by 2030.
  3. Inclusion of Essential Subjects, Skills, and Capacities
    The new policy acknowledges the importance of preparing learners for today’s highly competitive business world. According to it, contemporary subjects and skills must be included in the school curriculum. Some of these include:

    • Artificial Intelligence
    • Environmental Education
    • Design Thinking
    • Organic Living
    • Holistic Health
    • Global Citizenship Education (GCED)

    Additionally, the new National Education Policy strongly emphasises that schools should offer students subjects based on mathematics and computational thinking, activities involving coding, and hands-on experiences of local vocational crafts.

  4. The Promotion of Multilingualism and the Power of Language
    Several studies have shown that children get a better grip on concepts when taught in their mother tongue/local language/regional language. As a result, the revised policy promotes multilingualism and emphasises the use of mother-tongue, local, or regional language as the medium of instruction until at least Grade 5, but preferably till Class 8 and beyond. Other National Education Policy highlights on driving awareness of languages of India include:

    • Students should learn at least three languages, of which two must be native to India.
    • Teachers should use a bi-lingual approach to interact with their students.
    • There is a “compulsory” option for Sanskrit at all levels of education.
    • Foreign languages, such as German, French, etc., will also be offered.
    • Other classical Indian literature and languages will be available as options.
    • No language will be imposed on any student. The purpose is to increase students’ awareness of India’s multilingualism, tolerance, and cultural heritage.
  5. A Greater Focus on Teacher Empowerment
    Given that teachers are the heart of the learning process, the National Education Policy 2020 focuses on empowering educators to offer students competency-based learning. It recommends a complete overhaul of the teaching profession in India through the following approaches:

      • Continuous Professional Development (CPD)
      • Career Management and Progression (CMP)

    The key National Education Policy highlights on teacher empowerment include:

    • Online platforms for teachers to share ideas and best practices.
    • Each teacher will get CPD opportunities every year.
    • School principals and management leaders will also undergo similar programmes.
    • A robust merit-based structure will be created for salary, promotion, and tenure.
    • Outstanding teachers will be encouraged to take academic leadership positions.

    The motive is to improve teachers’ and other school authorities’ teaching, leadership, and school management skills.

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How is LEAD Helping Schools to Stay Compliant with National Education Policy 2020?

The National Education Policy has given the education system a much- needed revamp and retired the old ways of learning. The government’s perspective has also changed towards the country’s education system; therefore, schools are now looking for ways to stay in line with the new policy guidelines. At LEAD, we offer a cutting-edge online integrated academic management solution that perfectly aligns schools with the revised policy. Let’s look at some of LEAD’s highly innovative programmes that support the government’s new education policy:

Pre-primary Curriculum – LEAD’s pre-primary integrated theme-based school curriculum is designed to help develop your child’s foundational skills through multimodal learning. It is benchmarked with NEL Singapore and aligned with the NCERT pre-school curriculum guidelines mentioned in NEP 2020.

International Standard Curriculum – LEAD’s deeply researched and internationally benchmarked curriculum helps students understand concepts 5 times faster. With future-forward learning methods, our grade- based, skill-oriented curriculum fits every type of student, no matter their learning style.

English Language and General Awareness (ELGA) – At LEAD, we treat language as a skill, not a subject. Our unique and innovative ELGA programme enables students to read, write, and are at least 1.5 years ahead in English in comparison to their peers. It focuses on the five key components of the English language: Grammar, Phonics, Whole Words, Reading and Listening Comprehension, and Writing and Speaking Expression.

Coding and Computational Skills (CCS) – The new National Education Policy recommends integrating coding with a 21st-century education. Therefore, LEAD’s CCS programme helps students learn coding languages from an early stage. It has been created after carefully analysing NEP 2020.

Sampoorna Hindi – LEAD’s Sampoorna Hindi programme makes students confident in the Hindi language by drastically improving their writing, reading, and speaking skills. To make learning Hindi a fun and enjoyable experience, it is offered in 3 different variants at the primary level: Saral, Sugam, and Samarth.

LEAD Academy Certification Program – LEAD Academy offers various certification programs, training sessions, and online workshops to help teachers become best-in-class. LEAD’s 3-year certification programme enables teachers to stay at the top of their game.

Digital Classroom Software – The new National Education Policy strongly emphasises online and digital learning to make education accessible for every child in India. LEAD offers schools the best digital classroom solutions with future-forward learning methods, such as virtual labs, smart classrooms, simulations, etc.

End-to-end Managed Services – Managed By LEAD offers expert advisory and management services to schools to help run their daily operations smoothly and efficiently. This one-of-a-kind service enables schools to increase the quality of academics, the number of admissions, and revenue per student.

To sum up, your school is future-ready with LEAD through:

  • Experiential Learning Model
  • Blended learning – Book + Digital
  • Dedicated Student and Teacher App
  • Gamified Learning
  • National-level assessments
  • National-level events and championships

Conclusion

So what are you waiting for? Contact LEAD at +918682833333 or [email protected] to upgrade your school in line with the new National Education Policy. Click here to learn more about the revised policy and how LEAD is aligned with it.

Article Summary

-The new 5+3+3+4 creates a strong base of ECCE to promote the overall development and well-being of children
-Govt. aims to raise the Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in higher education to 50% by 2025 and achieve 100% GER in school education by 2030.
-Importance of preparing learners for today’s highly competitive world by teaching contemporary subjects and skills
-Driving awareness and use of Indian languages
-Empowering educators to offer students competency-based learning

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Neha Bhandari

Neha Bhandari is a Brand Manager at LEAD. With a contribution in building brands across the media and BFSI industry, she has made it to the Pitch Marketing 30under30 list. She holds a postgraduate degree in Marketing from KJ Somaiya Institute of Management Studies & Research. Neha strongly believes that education is the biggest investment of a child's future and she wishes to revolutionise the ecosystem with LEAD.

22/09/2022

Neha Bhandari

School Owner

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