On Saturday, an order was issued by the state government stating that the district-level committee will look after the proper implementation of the New Education Policy in schools of Rajasthan. The nodal agency for that will be Shiksha Sankul in Jaipur. Although the nine-member panel is important from the implementation of NEP, keeping teachers away from this will not be beneficial.
Rajasthan Primary and Secondary Government School Teachers Union vice-president Vipin Sharma said, “We know what is going on the ground and what policy can have a detrimental impact on the school as we are the ones implementing it. The government should make a member either from the teachers’ organisation or a teacher who has done some work in school education. This should have been done but they are not focusing on it.”
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Moreover, a portion of NEP has already been implemented. The policy says the concept of having separate Anganwadi for kindergarten should be done away with and from the nursery section to class XII, all the classes should be conducted on school premises. This has already been implemented in the Rajasthan schools by the state government recently. In many schools, Anganwadi is merged with schools.
Teachers said the student-teacher ratio hasn’t improved as around 1 lakh posts are still vacant in the education department. Sharma said currently for primary classes till class V, two teachers and in upper primary, five teachers are provided. The gap in the teacher-student ratio has impacted the quality of education in schools.