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Explained | How schools will be paired under National Education Policy

National Education Policy 2020 talks about pairing one public school with a private school across India. But how will it work?

August 03, 2020 / 05:45 PM IST
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The National Education Policy, which was approved by the Union Cabinet on July 29, aims to bring about a change in the way education is delivered in schools and colleges.

A part of the policy looks at increasing interaction between students of different type of schools through a model of twinning, wherein one public school will be paired with one private school.

Moneycontrol brings you details about how this model will work across India:

What is twinning?

The idea under NEP 2020 is that there should be more interaction between public schools and private schools. So, there will be a twinning model where one public school will be paired with one private school.

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The idea is that once these schools are paired, they would be able to learn from each other. This means the way of teaching, academic tools like smart classrooms and digital technology can be adopted by schools which don’t use these techniques.

Who will benefit from this model?

Teachers and students from both public schools and private schools stand to benefit. While NEP 2020 does not specify on what basis the schools will be matched, it is likely that schools in close vicinity to each other and following similar academic boards could be paired.

Smaller public schools that do not have the financial freedom to offer superior infrastructure and technology facilities stand to benefit. This is because the paired public school students can access these facilities from the private school.

Private schools offer better facilities in terms of infrastructure and teaching aids while in several locations public schools produce better academic output with respect to students scoring top marks in board examinations and being selected for nationwide competitions.

Also Read: All your questions about National Education Policy answered

So, there would be regular interactions between the teachers and students of these twinning schools where the best practices would be exchanged.

Even in cases where a public school has consistently fared well in public examinations, the private school teachers would be able to interact with the teaching staff of the former to understand how this school was able to achieve this.

This will be like a mentorship programme between two schools. In the first few months of the pairing, both the schools will work with each other and try to find out the strengths and weaknesses of each entity. Then the school which has better resources will work towards sharing it with the paired school.

How will these schools share resources?

Regulatory officials said that once the twinning model is adopted by each school, the paired schools will be encouraged to share resources with each other wherever possible.

This means that say if a private school that is paired with a public school offers sports facilities like swimming and basketball, the students of the latter could be allowed to use these facilities as per pre-agreed terms. This will ensure that schools that are unable to offer these facilities due to shortage of resources can enable their students to make use of this infrastructure at the partner school.

There is also a possibility of sharing academic faculty and technology for specialised subjects. For instance, once coding is introduced as a subject from the sixth grade there will be a requirement to hire skilled teachers for this topic. Under the twinning model, if a private school has hired a niche teacher for this subject, the paired public school could also be allowed to avail of their services.

Will there be implementation challenges?

The twinning model purely depends on what the terms of the agreement between a paired public school and private school are. Nothing will be forced on the schools and each pair of schools will be free to take independent decisions on what are the resources to be shared.

The vice-principal of a Mumbai-based school chain explained that not all facilities can be shared between schools under the twinning model.

“Private schools charge a certain fee because of the infrastructure and allied activities like sports, music that are offered. If the same resources have to be shared with a paired school at no additional cost, this may not be viable,” she added.

Also, there is no consensus on whether individual student (parent) consent needs to be taken before students from paired schools are allowed to use these resources on a shared basis.

NEP 2020 envisages that the paired schools share their resources without any financial considerations. Hence, mid-to-large private schools may not agree to a model of sharing resources unless there is a fee or subscription charge involved.
M Saraswathy
first published: Aug 3, 2020 05:45 pm

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