The biggest complaint of today’s Education system in India is that it does not get you a relevant job. Even fetching 90% marks may not guarantee a decent job in near future. Ironically, our education system for the past 34 years has been totally based on marks with excessive focus on various kinds of traditional assessments and examinations.
The new National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 is set to replace the existing National Policy on Education which was first formulated in 1986 and last modified in 1992. The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) will again be known as the Ministry of Education that was last renamed as the HRD ministry in 1985, during the tenure of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
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On Saturday, the 27th of March, 2021, St. Teresa’s Institute of Education conducted an online seminar on “Understanding the NEP 2020 and its effects on Teachers”. STIE had the privilege of having Dr. Agnes D'Costa, Associate Professor at Pushpanjali College of Education, Vasai. With over 8 years experience as a school teacher, Ma’am adorns an MA in History as well as a Ph.D. Due to her vast knowledge, she was able to share her understanding about the New Education Policy 2020. The seminar began with Dr. Agnes conducted an ice breaker activity online which showed her adept knowledge about technology. Ma’am divided the policy into various parts, demarking important points for the student teachers of STIE to make note of. Some of which were:
• The change in the new pedagogical structure
• The principles and vision of NEP
• Impact on Teachers
• Transforming assessment for Student Development, among many other topics.
The seminar began at 9:30 am and concluded with ingenious questions from the STIE student teachers. Dr. Agnes answered and clarified all of the questions that came her way and what was once a bit blurred about the NEP, now seems to have a lot more clarity.
A special thanks to Dr. Agnes for giving her valuable time to help the student teachers of STIE, our gratitude to Dr. Cinderella D'Mello for organizing this event for the S.Y.B.Ed. batch who are preparing to begin their teaching career school and to all the student teachers who attended the seminar.
The NEP is a policy that is looking to bring about good change in the Indian Education system. But the onus of being a good teacher is still on us. Let us look forward towards a brighter education system and not stop working on our own selves to become better teachers.