Centre snatching state’s power through National Education Policy: Kerala
Thiruvananthapuram: The state has expressed its unacceptance of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2019 which transfers the jurisdiction of education to Centre even though education sector comes under the state’s authority.
The policy has been drafted by violating the federal principles recommended by the Constitution. Kerala also rejected the higher education policy. Centre had asked the states to express their opinion on the NEP before August 15.
Kerala has written to the Centre strongly rejecting the policy. It is against secularism and socialism. The withdrawal of government from investing in education sector will pave way for privatization of the sector.
Main points mentioned in the report:
Absence of ‘secularism’
Even though it mentions about development of constitutional values, secularism or socialism is not mentioned in the policy. While suggesting alternate ways like gurukulam, padasala, madrassa, home school etc, the quality of education and teacher’s eligibility will be ignored which would result in privatisation and corporate culture.
Control and syllabus by Centre
Rashtriya Siksha Ayog, National Higher Education policy, national Regulatory authority, State School Commission are framed for Centre’s power concentration. Can’t accept single textbook at national level. A national curriculum can be framed within which the regional curriculum can be developed.
Anyone can be a teacher
Can’t accept the instruction that anyone can take class in schools through adult tutor programme and remedial instruction. Seniors of the school can teach their juniors. Ex-servicemen, volunteers, social workers and any unemployed eligible person can teach in schools which would result in chaos. Teaching Sanskrit in primary classes would increase the pressure on students, mother tongue would be perfect in lower classes.
5+3+3+4 not acceptable
NEP’s suggestion of 5+3+3+4 system of grouping the classes is not acceptable.
Curriculum to be decided by private sector
Education boards are suggested in every state to conduct final exams after school education and for evaluation. But private boards are also allowed. Private sector will be allowed to develop textbooks. This is to shut down nonprofitable schools. 6 per cent of GDP should be set aside for education sector.
Will seek support from other states
Kerala is opposing the NEP that violates the federal and socialist values recommended by the constitution. Kerala will seek the support of other states who are of the same opinion. The popular system of 10+2+3 is more acceptable and need not change it. Won’t allow corporates to take over education sector from the government.
- C Raveendranath, Kerala Education Minister