Smriti Irani to discuss New Education Policy with North-East Ministers on Friday

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A meeting has been scheduled for September 19, 2015 wherein Education minsters of all eight northeastern states will meet to discuss about the nation’s to be launched ‘New Education policy’ as per the information revealed by the officials.

In the meeting to be held in Agartala, the proposed National Educational Policy main points additions and subtractions are expected to be discussed. The Education Ministers of all the eight northeastern states will put forward their views and points pertaining to soon to be launched Education Policy.

Tripura education department secretary, Samarjit Bhowmik said to the reporters, “Union human resource development minister Smriti Irani would preside over the one-day meeting of education ministers of northeastern states on September 18.”

As per the officials, the meeting to be held is in continuation with the 63rd meeting of the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) which was conducted on August 19, 2015 in New Delhi.

Earlier in this month while felicitating the teachers and mentors ahead of Teacher’s Day, Smt. Irani revealed that draft will be framed by the year end for New Education Policy and further invited suggestions from teachers and students of CBSE schools across the nation.

Tripura Education Minister Tapan Chakraborty was of the view, that earlier in the CABE meeting, the only issue raised by maximum northeastern states was the removal of the ‘no-detention policy’ at the elementary level schools i.e. upto Class 8.

Further he added while talking to reporters, “The eight north-eastern states along with most states of the country are not only against the ‘no-detention policy’ but are also in awkward position due to the lack of trained teachers even though the Right to Education Act (RTE), 2009, made this mandatory.”

As he told, that in the meeting it was decided that all the states will have to submit formally their views in written to the Central Government in regard to “No Detention Policy.” But Tripura along with other few states wish to continue their Education Policy with Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation. They have a wish that it should continue upto Class 10.

CCE means an evaluation system adopted by the schools in wherein a school based assessment is done that tries to covers all the aspects which are in some or the other way related to development of student.

Futher it was also told to the reporters that the Left Front government is in complete support of all the initiatives and plans developed by the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance government in regard to the new education policy.

When presently all states and Ministry of Human Resource and Development is planning and participating in the launch of all New Education Policy on the national level in the month of February in next year, Naveen Patnaik-led BDJ in Odisha state will be framing its own education policy.

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