Nov 18, 2021: The Assam government has approved a new school education structure under the NEP 2020 which will be implemented entirely by the year 2023. It was said that around 75% of the National Education Policy (NEP) will be achieved in the year 2022 and will achieve 100% by the next year i.e., 2023. The decision was taken during the Assam cabinet meeting held in Bongaigaon under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma. The cabinet members decided that the school education pattern should be changed from 10+2 to 5+3+3+4.The Chief Minister of Assam Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma also mentioned that the new re-structured education policy will make schooling education a 15-year affair, compromising the four categories which are foundation, preparatory, elementary and senior secondary. The reporters were said that the changes in the structure will be notified on April 1, 2022, and the new syllabus will be introduced from April 1, 2023.
The Chief Minister further said that steps will be taken to merge SEBA (Board of Secondary Education, Assam) and the Assam Higher Secondary Education Council by the next year. He has directed the state education department to convert a thousand high schools into higher secondary schools in the first phase. On Wednesday evening, he took a review of all Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Higher and Technical Education departments in Guwahati and disused various issues. Because of the dropout of student, the CM directed that all Lower Primary and nearby Middle English schools should be merged with each other and prevent the dropout of the students from the Lower Primary and the Middle English schools.
It was stated that all the infrastructure development of the schools would be taken up for the merger and necessary budget allocation was also discussed. It was also stressed the need to fix post-graduation as a minimum qualification for the recruitment of middle higher education school teachers. Further, it was directed to take different steps to merge the Directorates of Elementary and Secondary Education into one single Directorates of School Education for seamless running of both elementary and secondary education systems. The works of the Higher and Technical Education department of the state was reviewed and the officials were given instructions to take steps for sorting out the matters, like filling up the vacant and creating new posts, speeding up the construction and development of the proper infrastructure.
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