National Education Policy 2020: Less stress on Boards, Common College Entrance Test

FINALLY! The big news pertaining to the National Education Policy 2020 is out. Since ever the “toddler to college” system has been seen as the most ambitious one. There has been a major reform in the 10+2+3 system. The change has been introduced by the government on Wednesday.

National Education Policy restructures school education.

  • Now, the age of 3-6 years has been designated as pre-school years. All the emphasis from the boards has been reduced.
  • An SAT-like university entrance test has been introduced.
  • Now, there is an alternative to a four-year bachelor’s degree at the undergraduate level. 

“Board Structure” changes:

 The exams will be testing “core competencies” now. The changes are to be implemented from the 2021 educational session. 

2022 academic session:

The new university entrance test will be put into practice for college admissions.

NEP is focusing on offering increased flexibility. One major thing which is to be noted is that there will be no strict separation between sciences and arts streams, academic and extra-curricular activities, etc.

In many cases the medium of learning is mother tongue. So this will be an option till 5th standard, wherever possible. After class 8th the medium of instruction will be home regional language, mother language, home language. Emphasis will be laid upon mother tongue, right from the foundation years. 

The major push focuses on conversion of the education system into “5+3+3+4” system where 3 years will be devoted to pre-schooling. ECCE or Early Childhood Care and Education have also been added to the new system. Priority has been given to foundational literacy and numeracy for class 3 by 2025, as a part of Mission Mode.

Board examinations will be testing competencies and not just months of memorization and coaching.  These will be much easier and not that hyped. Also, under the three language formula, Sanskrit will be offered as an enriching option for the students.