National Education Policy 2020 (NEP 2020) Board Exams to be Made Easy: Many significant reforms have been introduced by the union government as per the National Education Policy 2020 to reform the school education system in the country. Some of the most significant reforms introduced include teaching up to class 5th in Mother Tongue, Regional Language, reduction of curriculum to core concepts, making board exams easy, restructuring of the 10+2 education system to 5 + 3 + 3 +4 and several others. The National Education Policy was approved by the union cabinet on 29th July 2020. Check | New Education Policy 2020 Highlights: School And Higher Education to See Major Changes
While interacting with the media, Ms. Anita Karwal, Secretary, School Education stated that, “Board exams for classes 10 and 12 will be continued but will be reformed to eliminate the need for taking coaching classes. Board exams will be redesigned to encourage holistic development and will also be made easier by testing core capacities and competencies. Check | Madhya Pradesh to conduct online competition on Freedom Struggle, Apply until August 10
All students will be allowed to take board exams on up to two occasions during any given school year — one main examination and one for improvement, if desired. All students will take school examinations in classes 3, 5, and 8 which will be conducted by the appropriate authority.”
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The National Education Policy 2020 will cover four stages, 5 years of foundational stage (three years of Anganwadi or pre-school followed by classes 1-2), 3 years of preparatory stage (classes 3-5), 3 years of middle stage (classes 6-8) and 4 years of secondary stage (classes 9-12). She added that, “Students will have increased flexibility and choice of subjects so that they choose their own paths according to their talents and interests. Check | Unlock 3.0 Guidelines: Schools, Colleges, Coaching Institutes to Remain Shut Till August 31
There will be no rigid separations between arts and sciences, between curricular and extracurricular activities, between vocational and academic streams. The objective is to give equal emphasis on all subjects — science, social sciences, art, languages, sports, mathematics — with integration of vocational and academic streams in school.” Read | Manodarpan: HRD Minister Launches Student Counselling Initiative to Help Kids
She further added that extra emphasis will be placed on promoting multiculturalism in order to encourage the students to understand and learn about the diverse and extensive array of languages of India. At least till class 5th but preferably till class 8thm the medium of instruction in the schools will comprise of the mother tongue, home language, regional language, and local language.