National Education Commission Of NEP 2019

 

After decades, now the newly and second time elected BJP led
NDA government has brought a New Education Policy 2019 just after their
swearing ceremony. There have been two National Education Policies, in 1968,
during the respective regimes of Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi. The NEP of
1986 was revised in 1992 when P V Narasimha Rao was the Prime Minister. Now it
has been proved that the NEP of 1986 had opened the flood gate of privatization
and commercialization of education and had converted the entire education
system into the market commodity. The Bharatiya Jana Sangh, or the BJP in its
original form, was part of the 1977-79 Janata Party Government, which attempted
to draw up a policy in 1979, but it was not approved by the Central Advisory
Board for Education. In a way this is the BJP’s second attempt of drafting the
education policy.
And now after getting full majority in the General Election
of 2019, BJP has taken up the education first. The draft of NEP 2019 has 23
chapters with 478 pages. The government wants to change the entire education
system but the time provided for submitting suggestions is very less. Just in a
one month, how the grass root level discussions among all the section of common
people and all stakeholders is possible? It shows the real intension of the
government! New Education Policy – 2019 submitted by the nine-membered K
Kasturinangan Committee to HRD ministry will create a disastrous effect on
Indian education and social system, if implemented. Why so much hurry if the
government really wants to provide quality education to all?

All the provisions of the draft will lead to the
commercialization and privatization of education. Here I just want to discuss
the core point of NEP 2019. And it is about the Chapter 23 titled ‘Rashtriya
Shiksha Ayog’. It aims synergistic functioning of India’s education system, to
deliver equity and excellence at all levels, from vision to implementation, led
by a new Rashtriya Shiksha Aayog. The Rashtriya Shiksha Ayog or National
Education Commission will be an apex body and it will be headed by the Prime
Minister. And this is the most dangerous and objectionable thing. It clearly
means that the entire education system will come under the total government
control. The NEP has suggested that the Ministry of Human Resources and
Development will be converted into the Ministry Education. But by formation of
National Education Commission, there will be no independent role of the
Education Department as our all educational institutions starting from school
education to higher education will come under the PMO as PM is heading the
chair of National Education Commission. The Vice Chairperson of the NEC will be
the Union Minister of Education. It means that our ministers but not teachers, educationists,
students, parents will decide our education.
Structure of NEC
•             20-30
members includes Union Ministers, in rotation, whose ministries impact
education directly (e.g. health, woman and child development, finance), as well
as a few Chief Ministers of states, in rotation, the Principal Secretary to the
PM, the Cabinet Secretary, Vice Chairperson of the Niti Ayog, the senior most
secretary in the Ministry of education and other such senior
bureaucrats/administrators as the government may deem appropriate.
•             At least
50% of the members will be eminent educationists, researchers and leading
professionals from various fields such as arts, business, health, agriculture
and social work. Well, there is no mention of science’s field in above
mentioned list!
•             There
will be National Education Commission Appointment Committee consisting of the
PM, The Chief Justice of India, the Speaker of the LS, the leader of the
opposition in the parliament and the UME.
There are so many different provisions and sub committees
under the NEC. Same provisions under the name of Higher Education Council have
been already introduced in different states where the Education Ministers are
heading the chair and controlling education in their respective states.
As per the draft, the NEC will be responsible for
developing, articulating, implementing, evaluating and revising the vision of
education in the country. If this draft will be finalized, then our educational
institutions and our syllabus will be full of irrationality, intolerance
towards other communities and unscientific thoughts. It will push our future
generation towards darkness. Already the BJP government has introduced
books  in primary education which has so
many myths about scientific inventions in ancient India like plastic surgery,
test tube babies, aero planes and what not! 
We have witnessed the Prime Minister propagating publicly unscientific
ideas, even in the forum of Indian Science Congress which had formed to fight
out unscientific thoughts prevailing in common people. Eventually this will
lead to a fascistic centralisation of the education.
The educationists from entire world have dreamt for
democratic, secular and scientific education. “The University must be free from
external control over the range of subjects of study and methods of teaching
and research. We have to keep it equally free from trammels in other directions
So there may be many golden words in NEP 2019 which can
attract us. But it can never be tolerated that our universities and education
system will be caged by reactionary forces. Our education system must be
decided by educationists, professors, teachers, students, parents and neither
by any Prime Minister nor by any bureaucrats!
In that situation we are affected into different ways.
Firstly, it is our duty to put historical truths in front of the people and
secondly criticize the history made up with political ideological intensions.”
So let us come forward before our schools and colleges get converted into the
place of spreading political agenda of hatred and thus save our society and
future generations. It is the prime need of the hour.
-Editorial Team, Eduindex News