Set on the pillars of “Access, Quality, Equity, Affordability, and Accountability”, the new National Education Policy (NEP 2020) promises to address the current challenges such as poor literacy level, high dropouts and a lack of multidisciplinary approach.
But, it does not clearly define the milestones or proposes financial commitments to execute the plan.
While it is lauded as a highly aspirational policy that envisages reorienting Indian education system to meet the 21st Century needs, it will need a strong implementation plan and thorough consideration of existing issues and inequalities that the pandemic has aggravated. One of the key targets of NEP 2020 is to raise Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) to 50% by 2035.
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