Pushing for the adoption of technology in formal education, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today that a hybrid system of online and offline learning should be developed to avoid overexposure to technology among school children. While chairing a high-level meeting to review progress in the implementation of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, he said that in the two years since its launch, the new policy saw many initiatives being deployed to achieve access goals. , equity, inclusiveness and quality, in accordance with the policy.
The Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement that the NEP had given a big boost to online learning, with higher education institutions allowed to run full-fledged online courses and the permitted limit of content online being increased to 40%.
“The Prime Minister was also informed that the Multiple Entry-Exit Guidelines for flexibility and lifelong learning, as well as the launch of the Academic Credit Bank on the Digilocker platform will now allow students to study according to their convenience and choice.In order to create new opportunities for lifelong learning and centrally involve critical and interdisciplinary thinking in learners, UGC has issued guidelines according to which students can follow two university programs simultaneously,” he said.
At the meeting, the Prime Minister suggested that secondary schools with science labs engage with farmers in their area for soil testing to raise awareness of soil health. He also suggested that regular health checkups and screening of children in schools be done using technology. Emphasis should be on using locally developed toys to develop students’ conceptual skills, he said.
The Prime Minister was informed that the work of formulating the national curriculum framework, under the direction of the National Steering Committee, is underway. In school education, initiatives such as quality ECCE in Balavatika, NIPUN Bharat, Vidya Pravesh, examination reforms and innovative pedagogies such as art-embedded education, toy-based pedagogy are adopted for better learning outcomes and holistic development of children.
Emphasis is placed on multilingualism in teaching and testing to ensure that lack of English proficiency does not hinder any student’s academic achievement, the meeting observed.
Databases managed by Anganwadi centers should be seamlessly integrated with school databases when children move from Anganwadi to schools, the Prime Minister has said.
From special efforts to track out-of-school children and bring them back into the mainstream, to the introduction of multiple entry and exit into higher education, many transformative reforms have been launched that will define and lead the country’s progress, did he declare.
Online, open and multimodal learning has been vigorously promoted by schools and higher education institutions. This initiative has helped reduce learning loss due to the Covid pandemic and will go a long way in reaching education in remote and inaccessible parts of the country, the meeting observed.