The Assam government authorised a new school system under the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 on Wednesday, to implement the policy in the state by 2023. The decision was made during an Assam cabinet meeting held in Bongaigaon under the chairmanship of CM Himanta Biswa Sarma.
National Education Policy (NEP) in Assam
The Assam cabinet decided to restructure the school educational system from 10+2 to 5+3+3+4.
“5 years (pre-school) and 3 years (Classes 3,4 & 5) will be under the Directorate of Elementary Education, 3 years (Classes 6, 7 & 8) and 4 years (Classes 9, 10, 11 & 12) will be under the Directorate of Education. The change will come into effect from 2023,” Assam Chief Minister and Himanta Biswa Sarma said as quoted by IndiaToday.
The government chose to build more high schools because the school system is about to shift from 10+2 to 5+3+3+4. Around 350 new high schools have opened this year, with another 700 expected to begin next year. As a result, institutions will no longer require students to take classes 11 and 12. All of this will take place under the National Education Policy, which will be announced in Higher Education by January 2022.
Holidays for Government employees
The state cabinet also resolved that in January of next year, all government employees in Assam will be allowed a four-day leave to visit their parents.
The cabinet also decided to set up a commission to look into the encroachment of Satra land. The committee, led by MLA Padma Hazarika alongside MLAs Mrinal Saikia and Rupak Sarma, will figure out how much Satra land has been encroached upon.
Conditions for applying for civil service examination
The state cabinet has decided to remove the language barrier in the APSC Civil Services examination. English and Assamese papers will be withdrawn if three conditions are met: the candidate must be a resident of the state, his or her name must be registered in the state employment exchange, and he or she must be fluent in Assamese or other recognised Assamese languages.