MoS Education Praised Sikkimfor Taking the Lead in Implementing NEP 2020

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Gangtok, October 25, 2021: Dr. Subhas Sarkar, Union Minister of State for Education, addressed a press conference today in the capital on the sidelines of the national conference on National Education Policy 2020.KungaNima Lepcha, the Education Minister of the State of Sikkim, GP Upadhyaya, the Additional Chief Secretary of the State of Sikkim’s Education Department, and Hemant Goyal, the Chairperson of the Board of Open Schooling and Skill Education (BOSSE), all accompanied the union minister at the press conference.

Dr. Sarkarconveyed his delight to the media that the Sikkim government has offered very good quality land in Khamdong, measuring about 100 acres, for the construction of the NIT campus. Following the fulfillment of all legalities, construction is planned to commence as soon as possible. A total of 500 crores has been set aside for this purpose.

He further stated that Phase-I of the Sikkim University campus at Yangang, South Sikkim, has already been finished at 98 crores, and an Expression of Interest for Phase-II has been released for 300 crores. The construction work is expected to be completed in the next two and a half years, and the campus will be permanently relocated there, he included.

In response to a question about the National Education Policy 2020, the Minister stated that Sikkim has already taken significant measures toward its implementation.

This includes the establishment of the Sikkim Education Reforms Commission (SERC) led by the Chief Minister, a State Task Force led by the ACS, Education, a Joint Task Force for Execution of ECCE guided by the Director (Elementary Education), a Working Committee headed by the Director (Planning), SCERT Sikkim as Nodal Agency for developing State Curriculum Framework (STF), Single Steering Committee for ECCE,Technical Education, and Adult Education (headed by Secretary),State Curriculum Framework Committees (25 groups) on 25 education emphasis areas, a position paper on ECCE, the restructuring of STET, the school complex, and the School Quality Assessment and Accreditation Framework (SQAAF) are the other notable successes under the NEP 2020.

Gangtok, October 25, 2021: Dr. Subhas Sarkar, Union Minister of State for Education, addressed a press conference today in the capital on the sidelines of the national conference on National Education Policy 2020.KungaNima Lepcha, the Education Minister of the State of Sikkim, GP Upadhyaya, the Additional Chief Secretary of the State of Sikkim’s Education Department, and Hemant Goyal, the Chairperson of the Board of Open Schooling and Skill Education (BOSSE), all accompanied the union minister at the press conference.

Dr. Sarkarconveyed his delight to the media that the Sikkim government has offered very good quality land in Khamdong, measuring about 100 acres, for the construction of the NIT campus. Following the fulfillment of all legalities, construction is planned to commence as soon as possible. A total of 500 crores has been set aside for this purpose.

He further stated that Phase-I of the Sikkim University campus at Yangang, South Sikkim, has already been finished at 98 crores, and an Expression of Interest for Phase-II has been released for 300 crores. The construction work is expected to be completed in the next two and a half years, and the campus will be permanently relocated there, he included.

In response to a question about the National Education Policy 2020, the Minister stated that Sikkim has already taken significant measures toward its implementation.

This includes the establishment of the Sikkim Education Reforms Commission (SERC) led by the Chief Minister, a State Task Force led by the ACS, Education, a Joint Task Force for Execution of ECCE guided by the Director (Elementary Education), a Working Committee headed by the Director (Planning), SCERT Sikkim as Nodal Agency for developing State Curriculum Framework (STF), Single Steering Committee for ECCE, Technical Education, and Adult Education (headed by Secretary), State Curriculum Framework Committees (25 groups) on 25 education emphasis areas, a position paper on ECCE, the restructuring of STET, the school complex, and the School Quality Assessment and Accreditation Framework (SQAAF) are the other notable successes under the NEP 2020.

In addition, stand-alone colleges are being restructured for multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary courses. He claimed that Sikkim has taken the lead in implementing the NEP 2020.

The Minister went on to say that the government’s introduction of Nursery classes in all of Sikkim’s government schools is a watershed moment. Sikkim was a trailblazer in establishing pre-primary education and developing Primary Text Books that are aligned with Sustainable Development Goals. The inclusion of the Sikkim module of KG Classes in the NEP 2020 is a source of pride. The operations of the NEP have been mapped out with Samagra Shiksha.

A 5-year Action Plan for Foundational Literacy and Numeracy (FLN) has been prepared under NIPUN Bharat. A State Task Force for FLN and PMU has been formed at the state, district, block, and school levels.

In collaboration with the Departments of Health and Social Justice, the Joint Task Force for ECCE Implementation was formed (Director Elementary Education). Anganwadi Centers are also being relocated to Government Schools.

Curriculum created for Out of School Children (OoSC) for the Elementary level has been designed to get these 15- to 18-year-old children back to school, and enrolling of these 15- to 18-year-old children in NIOS is currently underway. Infrastructure mapping for schools (and colleges).

Sikkim has attained Junior High School level in terms of implementing Organic Farming as a vocational program under the Samagra Shiksha. In collaboration with the Pandit Sunderlal Sharma Central Institute of Vocational Education (PSSICIVE), Bhopal, textbooks on managing farming for Classes 6 to 8 have been developed.

During the COVID-19 situation, despite the closure of all educational institutions, Sikkim has been able to reach out to the students more than the national average through online classes.

Despite the shutdown of all educational facilities during COVID-19, Sikkim was able to reach out to more students than the national average through online classes.

Sikkim adopted homeschooling for elementary level students, where teachers and parents collaborated to find a suitable learning environment, which included Panchayat Bhawan, open spaces, playgrounds, and other locations. Senior students are given smart TVs to help them learn through apps and channels.

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