70% Schools Say They Have Work To Do For NEP: Survey

XSEED survey finds that readiness for the NEP emerges as a key challenge today

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Singapore-headquartered, XSEED Education, today unveiled the findings of its survey with school owners and leaders in India to understand their readiness with the National Education Policy (NEP), and top concerns following the pandemic. While the pandemic is no longer a top concern, school leaders cite implementation of the NEP as a key concern and say they have work to do.

India’s National Education Policy was introduced on July 29th, 2020 aimed at transforming India's education system into a modern, progressive and equitable one. It seeks to introduce and implement changes across all levels of education in India and provides an important opportunity to move Indian education from “sorting and selection” to “human development,” enabling every student to develop to their maximum potential. It also seeks to implement changes in the way the facilitators of such education – schools, colleges and teachers – are trained and how they approach education.

To be ready for the NEP, schools require to redesign the school curriculum and move to experiential learning and concept-oriented teaching. In order to deliver the curriculum effectively, schools will need to train teachers and understand the pedagogical needs to make a smooth transition to the new education system. XSEED’s survey with school leaders finds that a majority, 70 per cent, feel they are not fully prepared for the implementation of the NEP and say they have work to do.  

The implementation of the NEP (23 per cent) is among the top three challenges faced by schools today is split between concerns of student enrolments and admissions (29 per cent) and teacher quality and retention (25 per cent).

School leaders are however aligned on what they need to address and aspects of the NEP that they are most interested in. Pedagogy is top of mind with one out of every 2 schools (50 per cent). This includes making changes in the curriculum that makes experiential and concept-oriented learning happen across subjects. 37 per cent of school leaders cite that they are interested in strengthening students’ core concepts to foster collaborative skills, critical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making abilities in the youth. Further, professional development of teachers (25 per cent) and foundational literacy and numeracy among students from an early age to pave the way for higher education are of interest to 25 per cent. Nearly 22 per cent of school leaders also cite NEP’s focus on formative assessment for learning rather than a summative assessment to be of interest. 

Recently, XSEED convened a community of education experts and 10K+ educators from across India at its annual XSEED Conference 2022, to discuss pragmatic ideas on how best to improve the quality of school education. This year’s conference was themed - The Thinking Child: How Schools, Teachers and Students can succeed with the National Education Policy (NEP). The world's foremost expert on school assessment, Andreas Schleicher delivered the international keynote address and Dr Leena Wadia, who has served as a member of the drafting committee for the National Education Policy (NEP) delivered the India keynote address. 

“The NEP presents an unprecedented opportunity for India. In our view, the policy’s ‘big 3’ for school education is an emphasis on early childhood education, restructuring pedagogy to be more skills focussed and experiential, and investing in the professionalisation and development of teachers. This is well received by school leaders and they are interested in embracing this shift. However, our survey clearly suggests that there are many challenges in implementing the reforms and that’s a key concern for schools.” said Ashish Rajpal, Founder, XSEED Education.

He added, “This is where XSEED can play a pivotal role especially in middle income private mainstream schools which constitute nearly 400K of the total 1.4 million schools in the country. XSEED is a complete academic solution for schools that entails step-by-step lesson plans for teachers including year-round classroom-based teacher training, as well as application-oriented textbooks and assessment sheets for students. Our program has reached close to two million children, upskilled, and certified over 100,000 teachers, in thousands of schools. XSEED students score 20 per cent more in comprehension, problem-solving and communication”

XSEED ran a survey with 191 school owners and leaders in the weeks leading up to the second anniversary of the National Education Policy. 

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