On 21 August 2023, the Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka said that the state will implement a new educational policy in the next academic year. This announcement about the Karnataka New State Education Policy has provoked many reactions from people all around the country. While the politicians of the ruling party in Karnataka think that the new education policy will produce fruitful results in the state, the opposition thinks it will be a hindrance to the growth of the state.
So what exactly is the Karnataka New State Education Policy? and why did the government find it appropriate to scrap the NEP 2020 set by the central government? To get insights into these questions, do check out this article through to the end.
What is Karnataka New State Education Policy?
While announcing the Karnataka New State Education Policy, the Deputy CM of the State DK Shivakumar said that it will ensure quality education in the state. The state government claims that the state has ample resources to make this education policy a success. Furthermore, the state government will form a committee to work on this education policy in the next week.
Since the state has announced the new education policy, it will completely scrap the National Education Policy 2020 set up by the central government of the Bharatiya Janta Party.
Why Karnataka Govt. Scrap NEP 2020?
The announcement of Karnataka New State Education Policy posits a valid question i.e. Why Govt. Scrap NEP 2020? To answer this question, DK Shivakumar said that the government took the decision to scrap the NEP 2020 after going through various aspects of it. Furthermore, the Higher Education Minister of the State M.C Sudhakar wholeheartedly supported this decision.
In support of scrapping the NEP 2020, Sudhakar said that “Infrastructure is not there. Not a single rupee was allocated when they introduced NEP in 2021. Even faculty issue is there. So, the state government has decided to bring in a new education policy from next year.”
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He further went on to claim that the National Educational Policy of 2020 is simply made in accordance with the BJP’s ideology. He further added that the policy is also not about assessment or mode of teaching. So, the announcement of a New Educational Policy is a necessity for the state.
Why Karnataka Government Implemented NEP in 2021?
One must think about why the state implemented the National Education Policy of the central government when they were going to launch their own state education policy. In answer to this, the Chief Minister of Karnataka Siddaramaiah said that “The academic year had begun by the time the election results were out and the government was formed. NEP has continued this year to avoid inconvenience to the students in the middle of the year.”
What will happen to the Students Studying as per NEP 2020?
Since a new education policy is set to be implemented in the state, the thought of What will happen to the Students Studying as per NEP 2020? is worth contemplating. For this, Sudhakar said that “We will also be making announcements regarding students who are already studying under NEP. We will be curtailing four-year courses to three years. An expert committee will decide on all of this.”
He also further added that since the introduction of NEP in the state in 2021, only Higher Education has implemented it. The primary and secondary education department of the state is yet to implement the guideline of the policy. Therefore, they can directly implement the Karnataka New State Education Policy from the next academic year.
Opposition Upset with the Announcement of Karnataka New State Education Policy
The opposition party in the state is seemingly upset with the announcement of the Karnataka New State Education Policy. While criticising this move of the state government the opposing political party of BJP claimed that it is completely ridiculous. For this, a BJP MP Tejasvi Surya said he finds this move politically motivated.
He also went ahead to say that the students of India should be spared from the petty politics of the state government. Surya thinks that the Karnataka New State Education Policy will only stop the growth of the state.
What was National Education Policy 2020?
The National Education Policy 2020 was the first education policy of the 21st Century launched by the central government on 29 July 2023. This education policy brought many reforms from the last education policy launched in 1986. Some of its major key features were the replacement of the 10+2 Structure with a 5+3+3+4 structure, Education in the Mother Tongue, Elective Foreign Language, Students’ Financial Aid, Focus on Vocational Studies, etc.
Since the NEP 2020 was already a stacked education policy, it will be interesting to see what Karnataka New State Education Policy will have to offer.
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When will the Karnataka New State Education Policy be implemented?
The Karnataka New State Education Policy will be implemented in the next academic year i.e. 2024-25.
Will the Karnataka Government scrap NEP 2020?
Yes, while announcing the state education policy, the Deputy CM of the state said that the state will completely scrap the NEP 2020.
Did Karnataka implement the central National Education Policy?
Yes, the state did implement the central National Education Policy. However, the education policy was only implemented in the Higher Education field of the state.