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New Education Policy calls for schools to revamp and upgrade their practices. How can your school elevate with LEAD?

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Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam used to say, “The purpose of education is to make good human beings with skill and expertise. Enlightened human beings can be created by teachers.” In alignment with his statement, the New Education Policy aims to provide the nation with better students, professionals, and human beings.

The National Education Policy of India 2020 (NEP 2020), which was recently released by the Ministry of Education (MoE), outlines the vision of the new education system in India. It is the first education policy of the 21st century, replacing the 34 years old national education policy that was launched way back in 1986 and revised in 1992 and 1998.

According to the United Nations, “We must take bold steps now, to create inclusive, resilient, quality education systems fit for the future.”

The New Education Policy, sometimes called the NEP education system, provides a comprehensive framework for education at all levels, from preschool to higher education, and fosters vocational training and skilling both in urban and rural India. This policy is allied with the 2030 agenda, which aims to transform India’s education system and make the country a “global knowledge superpower.”

To meet the 21st-century students’ educational needs; the New Education Policy is based on five foundational pillars:

  • Access
  • Equity
  • Quality
  • Affordability
  • Accountability

The New Education Policy substantially pushes online and digital learning through a modern and crisp curriculum to bring out each student’s unique capabilities. As a result, the NEP education system is:

  • Holistic
  • Flexible
  • Multi-disciplinary

The new national education policy enacts numerous changes to how schools function. Let’s take a look at the key changes that the New Education Policy brings in for schools:

  1. School education to begin from the age of 3 years
    The New Education Policy brings in a change in the academic structure from 10+2 to 5+3+3+4. The earlier 10+2 structure did not cover the education provided to the age group of 3-6.
    In the new 5+3+3+4 structure, a strong base of Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) from age 3 is also included, which is aimed at promoting better overall learning, development, and well-being.
    Schools need to implement it as follows:

    • Foundational Stage (Ages 3-8 years) – This stage is further divided into two substages – three years of Anganwadi/Pre-primary, followed by subsequent years in primary school. The focus of the studies will be on play/activity-based learning.
    • Preparatory Stage (Ages 8-11 years) – From classes 3 to 5, this stage will focus on developing students’ basic numeracy and literacy skills. In addition, it will gradually introduce subjects like arts, science and mathematics to students.
    • Middle Stage (Ages 11-13 years) – From classes 6 to 8, students will get familiar with the more abstract concepts in subjects of Arts, Humanities, Sciences, Mathematics, and Social Sciences. The pedagogical and curriculum approach will be interdisciplinary and experiential.
    • Secondary Stage (Ages 14-18 years) – From classes 9 to 12, this stage is further divided into two substages – classes 9 and 10 cover the first phase while classes 11 and 12 cover the second phase. During this stage, schools will follow a multi-disciplinary approach to the study while students will have the flexibility to choose from a wide range of subjects.

    Additionally, the NEP education system recommends schools adopt experiential learning and introduce coding starting from class 6.

  2. EdTech to solve India’s core education problems
    The New Education Policy strongly focuses on utilising the power of modern technology at all levels of learning to make education accessible to everyone. The main idea is to improve classroom effectiveness with technological advancement so that no child is left behind.
    The NEP education system provides EdTech companies and startups the guidelines and impetus to develop and implement ERP software, learning management systems, online labs, assessment platforms etc. for schools. Thus, the new policy aims to provide uninterrupted education to all societies.
  3. Inclusion of essential subjects and skills
    The New Education Policy emphasises the importance of preparing students for today’s fiercely competitive world. Therefore, it aims to empower students with 21st-century life skills such as teamwork, creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving, etc. The motive is to prepare students for further education or enter the workforce.
    According to the NEP education system, certain subjects and skills should be learned by all students to become innovative, productive, adaptable, and successful. It recommends schools offer subjects based on mathematics and computational thinking, right from the foundational stage, through various fun and indigenous learning methods.
  4. The promotion of multilingualism and knowledge of India
    The New Education Policy proposes using mother-tongue, local, or regional language as the medium of instruction in private and public schools till Class 5 and preferably till Class 8 and beyond. The suggestion is a result of various studies that have proved that children tend to get a better grip on concepts when taught in their mother tongue/home language.
    Moreover, the NEP education system emphasises learning Sanskrit and foreign languages. It also states that students will learn three languages in their school, of which two should be native to India. It recommends teachers use a bi-lingual approach while interacting with their students. The idea is to widen their awareness, tolerance, and cultural sensitivity.
  5. A strong focus on teacher empowerment
    Finally, the New Education Policy considers teachers and faculty the heart of the learning process. It demands a complete overhaul of the teaching profession in India to create a robust merit-based structure of salary, promotion, and tenure that recognises and rewards outstanding teachers.
    The NEP education system strengthens the teacher recruitment process and makes it transparent. According to the new policy, teachers and principals will undergo Continuous Professional Development modules every year to improve their leadership, teaching, and school management skills and implement competency-based learning.

How Are LEAD-powered Schools in Sync with the New Education Policy?

The New Education Policy has retired the old ways of learning and rejuvenated the education sector. Since the government’s outlook has also changed towards the country’s education system, parents and school management are now realising the need to align their children’s education with the new NEP education system. To cope with the dramatic changes the new policy brings to the education sector, they need a new-age integrated academic management solution perfectly aligned with the New Education Policy.

LEAD’s online integrated management solution enables schools to deliver high-quality teaching and learning experiences that sync with the great vision outlined in the NEP. At LEAD, we employ various programmes for schools to support the government’s agenda of modern learning:

  • LEAD Academy Network – It helps teachers keep upgrading themselves with the latest technology and teaching methods. Also, LEAD offers a 3-year certification program for teachers, online training through webinars, and teacher development workshops to help them stay at the top of their game.
  • LEAD Championship – It helps develop a competitive spirit among students while giving them wider exposure at a national level. Through exclusive masterclasses, students get opportunities to showcase their skills, interact, and learn from renowned experts.
  • Coding and Computational Skills (CCS) – This new and innovative approach enables students to learn coding to build apps, websites, and games. Launched after carefully analysing the NEP education system requirements and students’ needs, this programme strongly focuses on project-based learning and real-life problem-solving.
  • English Language & General Awareness (ELGA) – This unique programme enables students to read, write and speak in fluent English 1.5x faster. To help students master the language, ELGA focuses on the five components of English: Grammar, Phonics, Whole Words, Writing and Speaking Expression, and Reading and Listening Comprehension.
  • Sampoorna Hindi – This programme makes children confident in the Hindi language by significantly improving their reading, writing and speaking skills. Under the Sampoorna Hindi programme, LEAD provides teachers with the right training and new-age resources to make teaching Hindi an effective and enjoyable experience for children.
  • Pre-primary Curriculum – LEAD offers an integrated theme-based curriculum that develops children’s motor, cognitive, and personal- social-emotional skills. Our pre-primary school curriculum follows a multi-modal approach to ensure the holistic development of your child.
  • Digital Classroom Software – LEAD offers schools the best digital classroom solutions, enabling them to give students new-age learning experiences that sync with the New Education Policy‘s EdTech guidelines. The digital classroom offers students various learning modes, including audio, videos, virtual labs, simulations, etc.

With NEP guidelines coming in, LEAD’s revolutionary teaching methods and internationally benchmarked curriculum are playing a vital role in bringing Indian schools into line with the NEP education system. Click here to learn more about the New Education Policy and how LEAD is aligned with it. Call us at +91 86828 33333 or email us at [email protected] to get a free consultation on making your school NEP-ready.

About the author

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.

Neha Bhandari

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