Published: 14th September 2021
Karnataka Congress opposes NEP, says it promotes privatisation of education sector
Kimmane Ratnakar said that the BJP pushed NEP without listening to any stakeholder's opinions
Former Karnataka Education Minister and state Congress spokesperson Kimmane Ratnakar on Monday opposed the implementation of the New Education Policy (NEP) in the state stating that it would promote the privatisation of the education sector on a large scale.
Speaking at a press conference in Shivamogga, Ratnakar said the government had not discussed the impacts of the NEP with experts. Nor was it debated in the legislature.
"Congress is vehemently opposing the new education policy, which aims to bring a paradigm shift in the education system but not tabled for discussion. This is a serious matter related to every citizen in the country," he said.
"It should have been debated in the Parliament and respective state Assembly. But the BJP pushed it without listening to any stakeholder's opinions," he added. "There is a threat of private players taking over the education sector. The poor people will lose opportunities," Ratnakar said.
The Central government launched NEP on July 29, 2020. On its first anniversary last month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched SAFAL (Structured Assessment For Analysing Learning), a competency-based assessment for grades 3, 5, and 8 introduced by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).