J&K to start NEP 2020 implementation from April
The union territory of Jammu and Kashmir will begin the implementation of NEP 2020 from the start of April.
The government of Jammu and Kashmir announced on Thursday that from the beginning of April, the National Education Policy, 2020, is going to be implemented in the union territory. To resolve the operational issues being faced in the implementation of the education policy and other schemes, a high level meeting chaired by Advisor to the LG Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, School Education and Literacy Department Secretary Anita Karwal and Chief Secretary Arun Kumar Mehta was convened.
A senior official said, “The National Education Policy is being implemented in Jammu and Kashmir from April 1.”
Vidya Pravesh to be rolled out immediately
Officials informed further that the School Education Department was asked to immediately roll out a preschool preparation programme for Class 1 students called ‘Vidya Pravesh’ under the policy.
They further said that the Vidya Pravesh programme consists of a three-month play module and the Indian Sign language as a subject at secondary level, they added.
Department to receive Rs 259 crore for SSA
The officials informed that the Finance Department will soon be providing the School Education and Literacy Department with Rs 259 crore for Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan.
This is apart from the Rs 28.1 crore it is to receive as the UT’s share, they added.
Informing further, they said this will enable the department to submit the utilisation certificate of the total amount of Rs 464 crore within a week to the Government of India.
Department asked to prioritise effective implementation
The official added that the department has been asked for early resolution of other financial issues towards effective implementation of the scheme on a priority basis.
Ensure 100 per cent NISHITA 2.0
The department has also been asked to make sure that there is a 100 per cent participation in NCERT’s Integrated Teacher Training Program NISHTHA 2.0, according to the officials.
Officials said the department has also been requested to activate all of its block and cluster resource centres.
NIPUN Bharat launched
It was informed that the union government has launched the National Initiative for Proficiency in Reading with Understanding and Numeracy (NIPUN Bharat) to further the cognitive development in children between the ages of 3 to 8 years.
Explaining further, they said that this initiative is going to make sure that every child in the country acquires foundational literacy and numeracy (FLN) as they clear their Class 3 by 2026-27.
Ten model schools to open in every district
Officials informed further that the department has been asked to implement the initiative across the primary schools.
A decision to open 10 model schools in each district, the officials added.
(With PTI inputs)