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‘Need to invest more on education’

New Delhi, December 10 (IANS): There is a need for more investment in education, Sanjay Kumar, Secretary, School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Education, said on Saturday.

The official said the NEP 2020 (New Education Policy) foresees that “we should spend at least 6 percent of our GDP on education”. “Currently, we spend only 4.6 percent of our GDP on education. It is imperative that as the economy grows, we need to invest more in education,” he stressed.

Speaking in the background of an event, the official, while highlighting the role of technology in the education system, said that today we are at a new peak.

“We are moving away from the book-based education system and technology plays a key role in that,” he added.

He further stated that the liberal arts must regain their ground and that industry and academia must work on it.

“Let’s reimagine our system before rebooting,” Kumar said.

The secretary said there are about 260 million students from grades 1 to 12 in India who attend 1.48 million schools, including 1.05 million government schools.

There are about 9.6 million teachers who are part of these schools, so their training and infrastructure also need to be addressed. The government, he said, is determined to provide the sector with the necessary support.

“Now is the time when we should look and take advantage of the NEP,” Kumar claimed.

Kumar emphasized the importance of the New Education Policy 2020 and said that the NEP 2020 encompasses the DNA of society and how a society should develop and build around education.

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The NEP also emphasizes basic reading and math skills and the policy looks at children up to age 8.

Subhrakant Panda, President-Elect, FICCI & Managing Director, Indian Metals & Ferro Alloys Ltd said it is important to be able to learn, unlearn and relearn at every stage of life.

“FICCI will be happy to work with the government to work towards developing an effective national education policy implementation framework,” he added.


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