On Wednesday, the state education policy was decided to be restructured by the Assam Cabinet, making school education a 15-year affair.
The 15-year long school education comprises four categories, which are the foundation, preparatory, elementary, and senior secondary in accord with National Education Policy, said Chief Minister of Assam, Himanta Biswa.
Five years till Class two would come under the ‘Foundation’ category, after which the next three years would be ‘Preparatory.’ Classes six, seven, and eight would be under ‘Elementary,’ and the classes between nine and twelfth would be called senior secondary.
Last year, the Centre announced that in the National Education Policy (NEP), there would be 12 years of school in a structure of 5+3+3+4, and the old 10+2 system would be replaced with three years of pre-school.
Himanta Biswa Sarma, after the meeting was held at Bongaigaon, told the media persons that the change in structure would be notified on 1 April 2022, and from 1 April 2023, the new syllabus will be introduced.
It was also decided by the Cabinet to set up a commission that trains the youth, especially those from the vernacular medium, and help them get employment in All-India Government Services and such knowledge and skill sets which allows them to get admission in Medical and Engineering colleges.
By the country’s reputed institutes, initially, a number of 100 students would be selected for coaching, said Himanta Biswa Sarma.
The qualifying language paper would be abolished for the state civil services examinations in a decision taken by the Cabinet with certain conditions.
The Chief Minister said that one of the conditions is that as many people speak Hindi as well in the state, an aspirant should fluently speak either associate languages-Bodo/Bengali, or Assamese, or any other tribal language of the state along with Hindi.
A proposal to increase the number of post-graduate seats for doctors in medical college was accepted by the Cabinet, and the number increased from 23 to 40.
For the welfare of the victims of Assam Agitation and their families, it was decided by the Cabinet to set up a trust that would continuously help them with a Rs 5 crore corpus fund from the government, in which the public and several other organizations could also contribute.