What are the Current Policy and Compliance Updates in Education?

The New Education Policy 2020 will bring significant changes to the Indian education ecosystem, bringing many new regulations for critical players to comply with simultaneously.

The public education system is the basis of any vibrant democratic society. To achieve the highest level of education in a country, it is necessary to review and strengthen its operation mode regularly. Besides, education, coaching and training in the private and philanthropic sectors should also be encouraged and empowered to play a meaningful and valuable role in nation-building.

The New Education Policy 2020 brought by the Government of India will bring significant changes to the Indian education ecosystem, bringing many new integrations and regulations. And existing industry groups will have to comply with these new regulations over the long period of its implementation.

Here we tell you the latest regulations that schools and businesses in the field must comply with for up to the mark government approval. 

The goals set in the National Education Policy 2020 can only logically be achieved by increasing the value and quality of the educational structure on the ground, viewing e-learning as a central learning tool and creating even more jobs and opportunities.

Changes and compliances in the School Education System

Concerning the public school education system, the basic principles and recommendations of the New Education Policy 2020 refer to the education system’s independence and the monitoring procedures. 

Teaching language and medium of instruction

The NEP proposes that it is in the best interest for students to use their mother tongue up to 5th grade (or up to 8th grade depending on state regulations). The government has announced that it will urge states to adopt the policy as much as possible. Still, sources say that 1,239 Kendriya Vidyalayas (central government schools) will implement this language practice in the first phase. The recruitment of qualified teachers of the respective languages for schools is also on the agenda.

Professional training and skills

Children are seldom exposed to new skills such as coding and the local arts at the school level. According to NEP 2020, all children, starting from the sixth grade, will be trained in coding and other related skills. They can also visit local companies and artisans to learn new skills under the guidance of schools. According to the implementation plan, 1.08 million public schools will launch curriculum development during one academic year for vocational education programs.

Holistic report card

One of the government’s top priorities is to produce a comprehensive school report card for children. The idea is to promote the development of education and promote sports and extra-curricular activities such as martial arts, music, and dance. Each school is responsible for changing the entire format of its student report cards by 2022. A separate section will be included in the general report for students and parents to see peers’ work and performance. This is aimed at identifying challenging behaviours, such as bullying, violent behaviour, and various mood swings, as early as possible based on other students’ assessments.

Compliance with the school website

This compliance is subject to general supervision and responsibility. The form and format of the disclosure of information by the State School Standards Authority (SSSA) are determined by the authority’s deemed general best practices. All schools will have to put up specific information on their websites and keep it up to date and accurate. Compliance information with the site includes:

Providing remote education information to parents 

Evidencing the impact of sports premium 

Financial information and management compensation

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information 

Periodic ‘health check-up’

To conduct regular system-wide “health checks”, the new National Assessment Center will launch a sample of the National Performance Survey based on students’ level of education. This will be done through practical collaboration with other government agencies (such as NCERT) to support diagnostic procedures and data analysis. This score will apply to students from public and private schools.

Changes and compliances in the University Education System 

A single regulator for higher education institutions

The formulation of the Higher Education Commission of India (HECI), a single comprehensive body for all higher education institutes except for medical and legal training, is the main focus of NEP 2020. HECI will have four independent arms: National Higher Education Regulatory Council (NHERC) for regulation, General Education Council (GEC) for standard-setting, Higher Education Grants Council (HEGC) for funding, and National Accreditation Council (NAC) for accreditation. If the proposed plan is implemented, all agencies’ coordination will become very easy, and the process will become easy and practical to implement.

Standard college entrance exam

The second objective of the NEP is a single entrance examination organised by the National Testing Agency for admission to colleges. To apply for admission to various universities, students have to bear the burden of multiple exams and tests for central universities. The NEP proposes that students will need to take a single entrance exam for admission, avoiding heavy duty. Simultaneously, the exam level will be standardised, eliminating errors in the process simplifying it further for students.

Universities to set up offshore campuses

The directive allows universities to establish campuses abroad, just like many foreign universities develop their institutions in India. This will promote India’s external competition, talent mobility and critical practices from the outside to India. It will also provide actual exposure to children, and probably in future, students will be able to afford global education in India instead of spending lakhs in another country.

NEP – Jobs for Youth, Business Opportunities for Entrepreneurs

The goals set in the National Education Policy 2020 can only logically be achieved by increasing the value and quality of the educational structure on the ground, viewing e-learning as a central learning tool and creating even more jobs and opportunities.

The policy aims to make India a global knowledge hub. However, until more youth get skilled and quality work, the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) can hardly increase in proportion to the total active workforce. As demand for skilled workers increases, so do business opportunities.

The goals included in the NEP 2020 can help Indian SMEs to rationally achieve their goals in the education ecosystem in a cost-efficient manner, becoming more professional and engaging with traditional methods in new ways. By increasing their infrastructure, skills and strategies, the value and quality of education businesses, both small and new, can use technologies such as e-learning as a primary learning method and create more learning and employment opportunities.

Aakash Sharma
Aakash Sharma
Aakash writes on Startup Ecosystem, Policies, Legal and Regulatory aspects of business planning. An alum of Delhi University, he is assistant editor at Dutch Uncles.



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