For our Education Policy to be impactful, it will need to learn from our previous efforts, and be rooted on the evidence of what has worked. It will need to close the gap between ‘Legislation, Roadmap, Implementation’, the three parts to any successful government action, and converge around a central idea guiding decision-making and initiatives at every rung. Its broad purpose should be clear, well-defined, and results-oriented. The New Education Policy will need to set up a system that delivers learning outcomes to large numbers of people, particularly the poor, encourages diversity in learning and teaching, spurts curiosity and discovery, and ensures functionality and skills for 21st century jobs.
A well-drafted New Education Policy should help:
- make government responsible for all children and all schools.
- put students and their interests at the centre and not the comfort of those who run the education system.
- achieve the highest degree of decentralisation and depoliticisation.
- make learning achievements and holistic development among the students the core focus.
- build a governance structure that promotes autonomy and innovation with clear accountability.