The recently unveiled National Education Policy (NEP) embodies a brilliant strategy that will not only transform the country’s academic system but will also solve one of India’s biggest problems.
Indeed, the objective behind the NEP has been taking gradual shape over the years. In decades gone by, education for most ended at Class 10, when you took what was called the Matric exam. If you were really studious you might go on to college to get a BA or BCom degree, and after that maybe even a MA or a PhD, a qualification rarer than snowballs in the Sahara.
But for the great many, a ‘Matric pass’ was enough to land a job and start working. And that’s when the problem started. Because pretty soon there weren’t enough jobs for all the Matric passes. So schooling was extended to Class 11, or what was called Higher Secondary. But Higher Secondary wasn’t high enough to stem the overflowing tide of unemployment. So the 10+2 formula was introduced, which lengthened schooling by yet another year.
But even that proved to be not enough, and leave alone 10+2s, there weren’t jobs to be had for BAs and BComs, or even MAs, what with MBAs and PhDs having become a dime a dozen.
So now the government has formulated a New Education Policy which absolutely guarantees an end to joblessness and unemployment. Under the new policy, schooling will be split into four segments or phases, in a formula of 5+3+3+4: Five years of foundational education, three of preparatory, three of middle, and four of secondary schooling.
All of this adds up to 15 years. The policy envisages children starting school at age 3, which might be a bit premature, considering most kids at that age aren’t fully potty trained. Five years, or even six, is a more practicable school-going age, which means if you pass all your exams along the way, you won’t leave school till you’re 20, or 21. Then there’s the four-year college term – upped from three years previously – so you remain a student till you’re 24, or 25.
Throw in a couple of post-graduate degrees and before you know it you’re past retirement age and are no longer eligible for a job.
Unemployment? It’ll be NEPped in the bud.
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