The NEP-related changes are being progressively implemented by the agencies, the CBSE has announced several measures that indicate the direction of the change initiated by the NEP. The introduction of competency-based questions in the board exam question papers was among the first changes that were inspired by the objectives declared by the NEP.
In a recent development, the Central Board has decided to introduce levels in the English and Sanskrit language examinations, currently, the only subjects in which the students could opt for levels of assessment are Hindi and Mathematics. The change will be effected from the 21-22 academic year. In addition, the board has also announced the introduction of improvement exams. These changes are definitely in line with the declared objectives of the NEP that recommends a progressive reduction in the mental pressure on students’ minds and an incremental up-gradation in the depth of assessment.
The National Curriculum Framework which is a part of the NEP will act as a precursor to the policy in several ways. The NCF formulation has already begun and the implementation phase will start from the academic year 21-22. There are other changes that will follow the NCF in the face of centrally sponsored schemes.
Several agencies are involved in the formulation and implementation of the NEP, and some of them offer an insight into the pattern of thinking that is behind the Directorate of Secondary Education has, for instance, prepared an implementation plan and has listed objectives with the corresponding activities that are required for their fulfillment, along with the timelines and inputs.
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