New Delhi: “The decision of the government to finalize the new National Education Policy (NEP) 2019 is a welcome step. Such prompt action must also ensure that there is no lag in the implementation process and none of the stakeholders are adversely affected by it.

The union minister’s statement that MHRD received 1,50,000 suggestions is a good sign that people are taking interest”, Labeed Shafi, National President, SIO of India said. However, in a nation of about 1.3 billion people, this number pales into insignificance. Since there is no credible and functional opposition to the government, the civil society must undertake proactive participation to ensure checks and balance on the government, Shafi added. The fact that the government gave very less time and did not translate the complete draft of NEP into all the languages of 8th Schedule shows their lack of inclusivity and respect for the democratic process, Shafi observed.

The insistence of the government in promoting the Sanskrit language is unconstitutional and must be withdrawn. Equal consideration must be given to all Indian languages as given in the Eighth Schedule as well as languages of religious and cultural significance without any special consideration for anyone of them, Shafi demanded.

On the issue of framing National Curriculum Framework and change in NCERT syllabus, Shafi said that they should reflect the constitutional ethos and promote pluralistic temperament, inclusive and harmonious living and prepare students for an equitable and just society.

Shafi further urged the government to be inclusive, democratic and transparent in the process of finalizing and implementing NEP 2019.

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