‘Law needed to give 6% of GDP to ed­u­ca­tion’

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

New Delhi: Claim­ing that the draft Na­tional Ed­u­ca­tion Pol­icy lacks a roadmap for good pro­pos­als, deputy chief min­is­ter Man­ish Siso­dia on Satur­day said there should be less reg­u­la­tion and a law in place so that the states and the Cen­tre al­lo­cated at least 6% of the GDP for ed­u­ca­tion.

Brief­ing the me­dia af­ter the spe­cial meet­ing of Cen­tral Ad­vi­sory Board of Ed­u­ca­tion (CABE), Siso­dia said, “There are cer­tain things which are good in the pol­icy that we should ap­pre­ci­ate and im­ple­ment. The prob­lem is there is no de­fined roadmap.”

The min­is­ter said the pro­posed pol­icy spoke about curb­ing rote learn­ing, crit­i­cal think­ing, out­come-based learn­ing in­stead of the­o­ret­i­cal knowl­edge. “But where is the roadmap for th­ese?” he asked.

“Ed­u­ca­tion in our coun­try is highly reg­u­lated and poorly funded. NEP is mak­ing it even more reg­u­lated. There­fore, a law should be en­acted to en­sure ed­u­ca­tion bud­get has at least 6% of the GDP at state and cen­tral-level,” Siso­dia said. He cited the ex­am­ple of GST and how it stream­lined tax col­lec­tion and things got bet­ter with a one na­tion one tax law.

Speak­ing at the CABE meet­ing con­vened by min­istry of hu­man re­source devel­op­ment to discuss and fi­nalise the Na­tional Ed­u­ca­tion Pol­icy (NEP), Siso­dia said the pre­am­ble to the pol­icy should state that “pro­vid­ing good qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion will be the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the gov­ern­ment through gov­ern­ment schools.”

Siso­dia also pointed out that hav­ing a pri­vate ed­u­ca­tion board was a “dan­ger­ous idea” as they would pro­mote pri­vate schools and fur­ther di­lute the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the gov­ern­ment in school ed­u­ca­tion.

Man­ish Siso­dia said there was no de­fined roadmap in the draft Na­tional Ed­u­ca­tion Pol­icy

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