After NEET, now Tamil Nadu government against NEP, said in HC- ‘Implementing National Education Policy here would be cruelty’

NEP in Tamil Nadu: The Tamil Nadu government has said that the implementation of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 will be cruel and harmful to the people of the state. The government said that through NEP, the target is to achieve 50 percent Gross Enrollment Ratio (GER) in the entire country by 2035. But the government has already achieved a GER of 51.4 percent in comparison. The state government appointed Madras High Court Chief Justice Munishwar Nath Bhandari and Justice N. These things have been said in a counter-affidavit filed before Mala.

According to the All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE) Report 2020, Tamil Nadu achieved the highest GER of 51.4 per cent only against the national average of 27.1 per cent, the government said. It said, ‘Tamil Nadu is 15 years ahead of India in this matter. Of the 38 states, 18 scored below the national average. Hence, Tamil Nadu education system has proved to be the best and it is 15 years ahead of NEP-2020. Thus, it would be cruel to insist on a state showing better results to implement the NEP.

Questions raised on 5+3+3+4 Education Pattern

The Tamil Nadu government, in its affidavit, said the 5+3+3+4 education pattern mentioned in the NEP 2020 would disrupt the core objectives of the existing practice. It said that under the NEP, children are required to take admission in school at the age of three. But if they are not able to take admission, then there is no significant solution in this policy regarding this.

NEP damages rural and tribal areas: Government

The government said, ‘States with more rural population and tribal areas will suffer huge losses. Children in Tamil Nadu can take admission in school at the age of five to six years with or without kindergarten training. Any change in the existing system of Tamil Nadu will seriously hamper the well being of the already vulnerable sections of the children. It was also brought to the notice of the court that dropping out of grade 10 under NEP 2020 and subsequently returning to grade 11 would increase the number of dropouts. Because of this it will be difficult to achieve 100% GER at higher secondary level.

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