National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 offers students the flexibility to leave a course after completing a year or two and get the corresponding certification. For instance, if a student leaves a course of four-year duration after one year they will get a certificate, for finishing it in two, they will get a diploma. While many academicians have welcomed the decision, some are not in agreement with it.
A teacher voiced her opinion regarding the same and went on to write a detailed account of how the new policy will cause a negative impact. She cited an example of a Dalit student that she taught and described the ways in which this policy is going to play with his otherwise bright future.
The current system does not give the student that choice and therefore the person pursuing the degree has no option but to complete the entire course. This may be a tedious activity but eventually ensures that the student gets a degree and has chances of having a bright future, said the teacher.
Taking the example of the student, the teacher informed, he was raised by a single parent took loans in order to fund his education and eventually managed to put him through an undergraduate course. The day on which this student appeared for his final exam, he was offered a job by the Bengaluru Airport in the security department. The student is in the process of clearing supplementary exams as he continues to hold on to the job offered by the airport authorities. She also added that the student had been working as a delivery executive with Swiggy in the past.
A Dalit student I taught 2 years ago was working part time as a Swiggy delivery executive. He was raised by a single mother who took loans to put him through an undergraduate degree.— Vj (@rumlolarum) August 20, 2021
On the day he wrote his final exam, he had a confirmed job in security management at Bengaluru Airport. They’d told him he could come whenever he wanted. But his mother insisted he finish his degree so he could have something to fall back on, in case this job didn’t stick.— Vj (@rumlolarum) August 20, 2021
He had several supplementary exams to give which he is still clearing one by one while continuing to hold that job.— Vj (@rumlolarum) August 20, 2021
The idea behind putting him in the undergraduate course that he is pursuing was to ensure that he has a choice of leaving the airport job and has the option to prepare for a competitive exam like Civil Services if he wishes to. Further, he will anyway have the option of teaching or can pursue law. With the new education policy, this option gets taken away from him as he will have the option of leaving the course at the end of his second semester.
Not exactly a great place to be in but in the end, he will have a triple major degree. He can leave the airport security job and apply for IAS if he so wishes or teach or do law. The key word here is ‘wishes’Although not ideal, he still has a choice.— Vj (@rumlolarum) August 20, 2021
What the #NEP will do, if it comes, is take away that choice from the student. It will offer students multiple exit options at various points in the four-year degree.— Vj (@rumlolarum) August 20, 2021
Which means that in his second semester, my student will have the option of leaving the course with a diploma so he can continue delivering food when he should be studying.— Vj (@rumlolarum) August 20, 2021
As per the new policy, students have the option of quitting the course at multiple levels in the four-year degree programme.
The current system doesn’t allow such an exit option. He just HAS to get a degree which might be cumbersome at present but will benefit him later.— Vj (@rumlolarum) August 20, 2021
Also, at the end of 4 years, for all that multidisciplinary talk it does, the #NEP doesn’t promise the Dalit student any choice to make a respectable exit from college.— Vj (@rumlolarum) August 20, 2021
Before throwing aimless bombs, the task force of #NEP should perhaps first ask itself why a Dalit student must deliver food and do assignments simultaneously. What has it done to ensure that a Dalit student gets to call herself a student?#StopNEP— Vj (@rumlolarum) August 20, 2021
In conclusion to the series of tweets the teacher called the new education policy aimless and went on to add that the authorities should think about the minority communities before coming up with such ideas.