The former education minister of Karnataka has opposed the implementation of the new education policy (NEP) in the state, saying it would promote privatization of the education sector.
Former Karnataka education minister and state Congress spokesperson Kimane Ratnakar on Monday opposed the implementation of the new education policy (NEP) in the state, saying it would promote privatization of the education sector on a large scale.
Speaking at a press conference in Shivamogga, Ratnakar said the government had not discussed the impact of NEP with experts. There was no debate in the legislature.
“Congress is strongly opposed to the new education policy, which aims to bring about an exemplary change in the education system but has not been raised for discussion. This is a serious issue affecting every citizen of the country,” he said.
“It should have been debated in Parliament and the concerned state assembly. But the BJP pushed it without listening to the views of any stakeholders,” he added. “Private players are threatening to take over the education sector. Poor people will lose opportunities,” Ratnakar said.
The central government launched NEP on July 29, 2020 Last month, on its first anniversary, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the SAFAL (Structural Assessment for Learning Analysis), a skills-based assessment for grades 3, 5 and 8, introduced by the Central Board. Secondary Education (CBSE).