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The National Education Policy lays particular emphasis on the development of the creative potential of each individual, in all its richness and complexity. Discuss the key highlights of the policy and how does this policy overcome the lacunae in previous education policies.

Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

3. The National Education Policy lays particular emphasis on the development of the creative potential of each individual, in all its richness and complexity. Discuss the key highlights of the policy and how does this policy overcome the lacunae in previous education policies. (250 words)

Reference: pib.gov.inLive Mint 

Why this question:

The Union Cabinet chaired approved the National Education Policy 2020 recently, making way for large scale, transformational reforms in both school and higher education sectors. Built on the foundational pillars of Access, Equity, Quality, Affordability and Accountability, this policy is  aligned to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and aims to transform India into a vibrant knowledge society and global knowledge superpower by making both school and college education more holistic, flexible, multidisciplinary, suited to 21st century needs and aimed at bringing out the unique capabilities of each student.

Key demand of the question:

One must explain the key highlights of NEP, 2020. Later, one must also assess as to how the NEP is different from the previous education policies of 1986.

Directive:

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Talk about the introduction of NEP 2020 and how it was much needed one since there has been a lot of changes in knowledge landscape since last education policy 34 years ago.

Body:

Highlight the features of NEP 2020.

Discuss how the new NEP is trying to overcome the lacunae in the previous policies.

Conclusion:

Conclude with a balanced way forward.

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