The national education policy (NEP) 2020 will be implemented in the state from 2023-24 academic year, primary and secondary education minister BC Nagesh said on Thursday. In the first phase, the NEP will be rolled out in 20,000 anganwadis.
“From the next academic year (2023-24) in Karnataka, ‘National Education Policy-2020’ will be implemented and ‘pre-childhood care and education’ for children above 3 years of age will be implemented in 20,000 anganwadis and schools in the state,” Nagesh said.
Karnataka became the first state to accept and implement the NEP, and it has been constantly trying to iron out any issues within the new framework, he said.
Halappa Achar, women and child welfare minister, said it will be difficult to implement the NEP across all the 66,000 anganwadis, but can be easily done in such anganwadis having pre-university educated staff.
In a joint statement, Nagesh and Achar stated: “Every child of the country should be given quality education. For that, the government of Karnataka is in the forefront of implementing the ambitious ‘National Education Policy-2020’ that will bring radical reform and change in the education system of the country.”
The statement comes at a time when there have been controversies around the education department, including the textbook controversy and the NEP position paper that calls eggs and meat as a lifestyle hazard and that the Pythagorean theorem has its roots in India.
The NEP position paper stated: “A carefully planned meal with recommended energy, moderately low fat, and zero trans-fat food is needed to address the over-nutrition. Hence, while planning mid-day meals, cholesterol-free, additives-free, such as eggs, flavoured milk, biscuits, should be forbidden to prevent obesity and hormonal imbalance caused by excess calory (calorie) and fat. Given the small body frame of Indians, any extra energy provided through cholesterol by regular consumption of egg and meat leads to lifestyle disorders.”
“Lifestyle disorders such as diabetes, early menarche, primary infertility in India are escalating, and studies conducted across the countries suggest that animal-based foods interfere with hormonal functions in humans. The Gene-diet interactions indicate what is best for Indian ethnicity, and the natural choice of the race needs to be considered,” the paper added.
The contents of the paper come to light days after another position paper on ‘Knowledge on India’ not to merely accept contents of textbooks as “infallible truth” and question “fake news” such as Pythagoras theorem, apple falling on Newton’s head and other issues are “created and propagated”, HT reported in July.
The Karnataka NEP task force head, Madan Gopal, had said they decided to bring these topics into question as it was being discussed on ‘Google and Quora”, attracting sharp criticism and ridicule from education experts.
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