Primary Education is the foundation of every school and without it, there are lesser possibilities of a literacy rate increase. It is formal education where students can read, write, and learn basic mathematics. It is essential to build a strong foundation for students and the entire nation. According to the World Bank, children who aren’t able to read and understand text at the age of ten in a country signifies learning poverty. The children who don’t get proper education till the age of 10 aren’t able to cope up with the difficult syllabus in further classes. If foundational learning isn’t good, there are high chances that kids can fail and won’t’ acquire skills that are necessary to make good careers.
Due to the introduction of a new education policy, a ray of hope emerges in India. As per the different surveys, it has been proved that there is a learning crisis in our country. Ramesh Pokriyal said, “A large proportion of students currently in elementary schools, estimated to be over five crores haven’t attained foundational literacy & numeracy. There aren’t able to do basic addition & subtraction sums. As per the National Achievement Survey, there are twelve states which have below-average performance in mathematics ability.
What’s the government doing about NEP now?
The Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan was started by the Vajpayee government and is aimed at universalizing primary education. Narendra Modi carried this legacy with the Samagra Shiksha scheme. The major focus of this scheme will be that primary education should have 100% enrollment by the kids in India.
The education ministry is working on establishing the policy soon. The execution of the policy will decide if it’s worthwhile or not. The new policy will provide free education to the students until the age of eighteen to reduce dropouts. The 10+2 structure has been scrapped off and there is a 5+3+3+4 structure. It will be allowed to the schools to prefer regional languages as a study medium till class 5. There will be a balance of co-curricular and curricular activities in schools.
The future of this policy
There are more than five crore children who are between 3 to 11 years age and need to learn through schools. The learning gap is to be identified along with the major problems. With this national mission, there will be a common and simple understanding of the learning outcomes of education. There will be a balanced role for school, parents, and teachers in achieving the goals through this policy.
The UT and state governments have been asked to prepare a plan to implement this policy soon. Not only there will be rule implementation but progress will be monitored regularly. The teacher vacancies will be filled very soon and the teachers would be well-trained in foundational literacy. There will be a major focus on the health and nutrition of kids in government schools with regular health-checkups. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has urged the government and private organizations to develop this new approach for the education of children.