Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has informed the State Legislative Assembly that the National Education Policy (NEP) in 2020 will not be implemented in the state until the relevant institutions have been treated confidentially.
Opposition leaders including Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco, Vijai Sardesai, Rohan Khaunte, Sudin Dhavalikar and Luizinho Faleiro have expressed concern about the implementation of the NEP. The question was posed by Churchill Alemao on the floor of the house.
In response to these concerns, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said that the NEP would be implemented once the confidentiality of all institutions was maintained. “We have already started an infrastructure survey in several schools,” he said. During question time, Lourenco expressed concern that NEP would usurp the rights of institutions run by minority communities and said the state government should clarify the matter. Sardesai said there is a concept of forming ‘groups’ of schools to implement the policy. “Schools run by the diocesan society fear that once these groups are formed, their unique existence will be preserved or diluted,” he said, and asked the state government not to rush into implementing the Policy.
Khaunte also noted that the government had not conducted an impact study to assess the impact of the NEP. “If the structure changes, the effects should be studied. The CM should hold half a day or a day of policy discussion in the assembly,” he said.