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Assam: 40-member committee to prepare blueprint by Dec 31 to implement new education policy

Assam government on August 1st, 2020 announced to form a 40-member committee to recommend how to implement the new education policy in the state. The committee will be headed by the Principal Secretary to the State Education Department.

“The 40-member committee will be divided into sub-groups. They will minutely scrutinize every aspect and submit the blueprint by December 31st, 2020 about how to implement the new education policy,” Assam Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said in a press conference here in Guwahati.

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He further informed that the committee will start working from the next week and submit the blueprint about how to implement the national education policy by December 31st, 2020.

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Meanwhile, the Minister said that the implementation of the new education policy will also generate employment opportunities in the state.

Further, the minister informed that the government is considering re-opening of the schools from September 1st, 2020 with certain set of rules and regulations.

The government has made COVID-19 test mandatory for the teachers and other staff members before they joining the schools. “They have to go for COVID-19 test between August 23rd and 30th, 2020.,” he added.

He, besides, said, “Attendance of the students will not be compulsory but of the teachers will be compulsory. The students can attend classes in any schools/ colleges. If a student of Handique Girls’ College lives in Nagaon, then she can attend classes in any college in her home district. However, the classes up to Class 4 will remain suspended.”

New Education Policy

School curriculum is set to be reduced to core concepts and integration of vocational education from class 6 under the new National Education Policy.

The National mission will be to focus on basic literacy and basic numeracy major changes in the pedagogical structure of curriculum with no rigid separation between streams; all separations between vocational and academic and curricular and extra-curricular will also be removed

5+3+3+4 structure to replace existing 10+2 boards with new pedagogical curriculum. The foundational age will cover classes 3-8, while the preparatory stage will cover ages 3-5, the middle to cover 6-8. The secondary stage will cover 9-12.

Common entrance exams to be held for admission to universities and higher institutions, as per Govt’s new Education Policy.

There are over 45,000 affiliated colleges in our country. Under Graded Autonomy, Academic, Administrative & Financial Autonomy will be given to colleges, on the basis of the status of their accreditation: Amit Khare Higher Education Secretary. Home language, mother tongue or regional language to be medium of instruction up to class 5.

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