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Source: AajTak

The Centre has told the Delhi High Court that it has inaugurated action for universalisation of education up to senior secondary level, as anticipated by the NEP 2020.

In its reply filed through Central Government Standing Counsel Anurag Ahluwalia mentioned that the schools under the Delhi Government and most of the private schools in Delhi are both affiliated with the CBSE. Therefore, there will not be a modification of the curriculum for these students. Hence, the students have the chance and facility for finishing their education up to senior secondary level.

It is mentioned that the Central Government under the centrally sponsored scheme of the Samagra Shiksha programs gives extra help to the States and UTs to attain Universal and quality education to pre-primary to higher secondary education.

The government further stated that the vision of the universalisation of education is to guarantee equitable and inclusive quality education from pre-school to the senior secondary stage in agreement with the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) for Education.

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It further added that the main purposes of the scheme are the requirement of quality education and strengthening learning outcomes of students, ensuring equity and inclusion at all levels of school education, bridging social and gender gaps in school education, assuring minimum standards in schooling provisions, supporting states in the implementation of RTE Act, facilitating vocationalisation of education, and strengthening and up-gradation of State Councils of Educational Research and Training (SCERTs) / State Institutes of Education (SIEs) and District Institutes of Education and Training (DIETs) as nodal mechanisms for teacher training.

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The Centre notified the Delhi High Court that the Department of School Education and Learning had proposed that the topic of extension of the Right to Education Act, 2009 (RTE Act) beyond the primary level is a crucial policy decision and has been talked over by the Committee set up for formulating the draft of National Policy on Education. Accordingly, the Ministry is in the procedure of finalization of National Education Policy based on the recommendations and inputs received from various stakeholders thereon. The finalization of the policy is needed to take some more time.

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