Kerala to implement National Education Policy despite disagreements
Thiruvananthapuram: As the national education policy is revised after three decades, the structure of school and college education in the state will change entirely. Though the state has several difference of opinions with the new policy, it cannot reject when all other states are following the policy. So, the state government will have to implement the new education policy despite disagreements.
Kerala cannot stand out when it comes to the education policy on national level. The school and college admission in the national level will be as per the new policy. If it is not implemented, those who have to move to different states will face difficulty to continue education.
The eligibility for students who seek admission for higher education will be defined as per the new system and those who follow the old method may be considered ineligible. Similar issues are likely to arise on deciding the qualification for jobs.
If Kerala opposed the new policy, the state will not get central government's funds and assistance schemes as per the new system. SSA, RUSA and UGC fund for colleges, universities in the state will be limited.
The Centre declared that 6 percent of the GDP will be allocated for education. This will not benefit Kerala, if it does not implement the new education policy.
Criticism from Kerala
The new education policy indirectly states that there will be single syllabus and books for the entire country. Then various book publishers will come forward to print the textbooks. When the publishing of textbooks is shifted from public sector to private, the price of books will multiply.
Kerala also criticizes the new policy for removing the power granted to the states for designing syllabus according to situations. With the revision of the syllabus, it is suspected that the agenda of religious bigotry may be instilled in the students through books.
Implementation by law
The education policy belongs to the concurrent list which includes power to be considered by both the Centre and the state. However, if there is a law of the central government, that will exist. It is applicable for the states.
If the policy is not implemented, anyone can approach the court pointing out the losses they faced due to the move. Kerala expects that the law will be implemented this year itself through ordinance. They may allow more time for state-level legislation.