[Gist of Kurushetra March 2021] Expected outcomes of the Budget Announcements regarding Education Sector

Mains Paper 2: National
Prelims level: NEP 2020
Mains level: Education

Introduction:

• Around 15500 exemplar schools will be qualitatively strengthened with the aim of building character and creating holistic and well-rounded individuals equipped with the key 21 11 century skills.

Key highlights:

• These schools will help showcase the implementation of the National Education Policy and emerge as exemplars and schools of excellence over a period of time that will provide leadership in their respective regions in providing high quality education in an equitable, inclusive and joyful school environment and makes them active participants in learning process as per the vision of NEP 2020.

• Pedagogy adopted now will be more experiential, holistic, integrated, inquiry-driven, discovery-oriented, learner-centred, discussion-based, flexible, and, enjoyable. Pedagogy will involve real life situations and ensure competency-based learning. Toy based pedagogy to be introduced at all level.

• Focus on learning outcomes of every child in every grade- Assessment of Quantitative, Verbal & Logical Reasoning Skills.

• Emphasis on Multi-dimensional assessment including peer assessment, Holistic Progress Card (HPC) will include the following instead of only marks obtained in a subject:

• Cognitive domain,

• affective/emotional domain,

• social, and psycho-motor/physical dimensions

• description of values, dispositions, attitudes

• Learning skills acquired, such as, critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, problem-solving, etc.

• Life skills acquired, such as, courage, self-awareness, self-control, decision-making, etc.

• Focus on CBSE board exam reforms to make it more flexible and competency based.

• Focus on providing access to quality, equitable and inclusive education.

• Standardisation of Indian Sign Language.

• Emphasis will be on capacity building of teachers, creating a pool of mentors and Comprehensive National professional Standards for teachers.

• Integration of technology at all levels and availability of robust data mechanism.

• Availability of quality online content

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