MPs suggested making education free and compulsory under New Education Policy

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Member of Parliament (MPs) have suggested that the Human Resource Development Ministry should make education free and compulsory up to Class 12 under the New Education Policy.

In a discussion with the ministry, MPs have also suggested that more emphasise should be put on skill-based learning and the needs of rural India be made a focus area. It has been learnt that the ministry may hold another such consultation with more MPs.

Later, addressing an event, Prakash Javadekar, HRD Minister said that during consultation, 40 parliamentarians expressed their views and some of them gave their suggestions in writing too.

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The HRD Minister has also told parliamentarians that the draft of the committee led by T S R Subramanian is not final. The government will appoint a new committee “headed by an educationist” to draft the New Education Policy.

The discussion was initiated by Shashi Tharoor of the Congress and Satyanarain Jatiya of the BJP, C P Narayanan of the CPI(M), Dhananjay Mahadik of the NCP, oDerek O Brien of the TMC and Hussain Dalwai of the Congress party were also present during the discussion.

“Javadekar provided the members with suggestions from time to time and also took suggestions. He also explained that the draft is not ready yet and the suggestions would be considered,” a source said.

The MPs also suggested installing CCTVs in schools and colleges to make them more secure.

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