The new National Education Policy (NEP) recommends a “highly-regulated” and “poorly-funded” education model, while it is either confused or silent on how the reforms outlined in it will be achieved, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said on Thursday.

Referring to the policy as a “progressive document”, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader said it recognises the flaws in the current education system but was unable to break free of the pressures of old traditions. “The NEP is a progressive document but there is no roadmap for its implementation.

“The nation was waiting for a new education policy for 34 years. It is here now. It is a forward-looking document, which accepts the flaws of today’s education system but has two issues with it — it was unable to break free of the pressures of education’s old traditions and does not say how the reforms that it speaks of will be achieved. The policy is either silent or confused on these issues,” Sisodia said at a press conference.

“The policy recommends a highly-regulated and poorly-funded education model. There is an attempt to escape from the government’s responsibility to provide quality education in its schools,” he added.

Teaching in the students’ mother tongue or regional languages up to Class 5, lowering the stakes of board exams, a single regulator for higher education institutions except for law and medical colleges and common entrance tests for universities are part of the sweeping reforms in the NEP unveiled on Wednesday.
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