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ASCPCR holds webinar on NEP 2020
 GUWAHATI, Sept 15 - Focusing on the features of the New Education Policy 2020, the Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (ASCPCR) organised a webinar with stakeholders from the State education department today.

 Being the first from a series of webinars, thrust was given on NEP’s vision on restructuring and resetting the Indian education system. Dr Sunita Changkakati, chairperson, ASCPCR, while addressing the webinar stated that education must build character, enable learners to be ethical, rational, compassionate and caring, while at the same time, prepare them for gainful, fulfilling employment.

The features of the NEP 2020, which was released by the Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal, were discussed by the resource persons in the next sessions. Dr Bibhash Ch Das Purkayastha, executive member, NCERT, was invited as one of the resource persons along with Dr Kiran Hazarika, Principal, Tengakhat College, Dibrugarh, who is also a member of the UGC, and Dr Bhaskarjyoti Sharma, Associate Professor, Anundoram Baroowa Institute of Language, Art and Culture.

The webinar focused on thematic questions of school education such as ensuring learning outcomes in elementary education, extending outreach of secondary and senior secondary education, strengthening of vocational education, reforming school examination systems, revamping teacher education for quality teachers, accelerating rural literacy with special emphasis on women, SCs, STs and minorities through adult education and National Open Schooling Systems.

Other areas discussed during the web sessions included promotion of information and communication technology systems in education, new knowledge, pedagogies and approaches for teaching of Science, Mathematics and Technology in school to improve learning outcomes of students, promotion of languages, school standards, school assessment and school management systems, enabling inclusive education – education of SCs, STs, girls, minorities and children with special needs, comprehensive education – ethics, physical education, arts and crafts and life skills.

The resource persons in their sessions focused on these themes and the deliberations centred on how the NEP 2020 will restructure the knowledge systems from a nation-centric lens.

“The focus on holistic growth will not just push students towards bigger dreams but also endow upon the teachers a reincarnated teaching avatar, which will keep their performance and motivation to provide quality learning in balance. Education, thus, must move towards learning about how to think critically and solve problems, how to be creative and multidisciplinary, and how to innovate, adapt and absorb new material in novel and changing fields,” it was stated.

The resource persons also added that the pedagogy must evolve to make education more experiential, holistic, integrated, inquiry-driven, discovery-oriented, learner-centred, discussion-based, flexible, and enjoyable.

Elementary education officers, block elementary education officers and school teachers from Darrang, Dhemaji, Dibrugarh, Jorhat, Lakhimpur, Udalguri, Sivasagar, Sonitpur and Tinsukia districts took part in the session.

The next sessions would be held on September 17 and 19 with the stakeholders from rest of the districts of Assam.

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