The New Education Program was released on Wednesday, 29 July. Later in the day, the Union Cabinet endorsed a proposal aimed at revising the country’s education system. The Union Ministers for Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Prakash Javadekar and Human Resources Development (HRD) and Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank released a statement on NEP-2020. Earlier on 1 May, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviewed the NEP 2020 plan, which was prepared by a group of experts headed by former Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) Chairman K Kasturirangan.
In the big changes, the 10 + 2 configuration of the school system has been replaced by the 5 + 3 + 3 + 4 configuration. This will require 12 years of education and three years of Anganwadi and pre-school. In comparison, instead of a year’s tests, school students can only take part in classes 3, 5, and 8.
NEP 2020 seeks to make “India a Global Knowledge Superior.” The new academic session will begin in September-October – a pause due to the ongoing epidemic of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) – and the government wants to enforce the program before the new session starts.