Provision of multi disciplinary study options in rural areas under NEP


GOVERNMENT OF INDIA MINISTRY OF EDUCATION DEPARTMENT OF SCHOOL EDUCATION & LITERACY RAJYA SABHA UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.1319 TO BE ANSWERED ON 22.09.2020 PROVISION OF MULTI DISCIPLINARY STUDY OPTIONS IN RURAL AREAS UNDER NEP 1319. DR. AMAR PATNAIK: Will the Minister of EDUCATION be pleased to state: (a) in what manner does the NEP, 2020 envisage to provide multidisciplinary study optionsin rural schools where the student-teacher ratio is too high; and (b) in what manner does the policy aim to equip Anganwadi Workers to deliver quality EarlyChildhood Care and Education (ECCE) when they are already overburdened with numerouspublic health and nutrition duties under the current regime ? ANSWER MINISTER OF EDUCATION (SHRI RAMESH POKHRIYAL ‘NISHANK’) (a) On the issues of multidisciplinary options, the National Education Policy, 2020 has stated that teacher preparation will also be done in integrated and multidisciplinary manner. The policy also states that to ensure an adequate number of teachers across subjects - particularly in subjects such as art, physical education, vocational education, and languages - teachers could be recruited to a school or school complex and the sharing of teachers across schools could be considered in accordance with the grouping-of-schools adopted by State/Union Territory Governments. (b) The National Education Policy, 2020provides that to prepare an initial cadre of highquality Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) teachers in Anganwadis, current Anganwadi workers/teachers will be trained through a systematic effort in accordance with the curricular/pedagogical framework developed by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT). Anganwadi workers/teachers with qualifications of 10+2 and above shall be given a 6-month certificate programme in ECCE; and those with lower educational qualifications shall be given a one-year diploma programme covering early literacy, numeracy, and other relevant aspects of ECCE. These programmes may be run through digital/distance mode using DTH channels as well as smartphones, allowing teachers to acquire ECCE qualifications with minimal disruption to their current work. The ECCE training of Anganwadi workers/teachers will be mentored by the Cluster Resource Centres of the School Education Department which shall hold at least one monthly contact class for continuous assessment.