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