SEMINAR ON NEP 2020.
'Education is Liberation, knowledge is Power'.
St. Francis Xavier School, Hisar organized Seminar on New National Education Policy 2020 on 14 April 2022 in the school computer lab. The main objective of this Seminar was to create awareness about the newly launched National Education Policy-2020 amongst teachers and to familiarize them with the skills to help them understand its nuances, curriculum changes, shift in the pedagogical skills and its implementation for the 360 degree holistic development of its stake holders, the students. The session began with the welcome note and introduction of the eminent Resource Person Ms Anjali Singh , by The Principal,Rev. Fr. Jerry Paul Lobo, Ms. Sakshi Kansal. After a floral welcome, Ms Anjali Singh, in her keynote address shared that the New Education policy came into existence when the Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi approved the National Education Policy-2020 on July 29, 2020. This is the third Education Policy in India after independence (1968, 1986 and 2020).The new National Education Policy-2020 seeks to introduce and implement a sea of changes across all levels of education in India, including the essential understanding of education in the country. Further she apprised the educators that the New Education Policy is based on the pillars of 'access, equity, quality, affordability, accountability' and it will radically transform India into a 'vibrant knowledge hub'. She discussed about the redesigned report cards which will be a 'holistic, 360-degree, multidimensional report that would reflect in great detail of the progress, skills and uniqueness of each learner in the cognitive, affective and psychomotor domains.She also added that the progress report will include self-assessment, peer assessment and teacher assessment. The NEP has introduced integration of Experiential learning, Competency based education and Art and Sport Integrated Education which was always present in our Indian Culture since the days of Gurukul.
Furthermore Ms. Anjali Singh shared the vision of the NEP?s measures to introduce Early Childhood Education (ECCE) from age 3, the FLM , bag less days, internships for promoting vocational skills ,and the offer of school board examinations twice a year to reduce the pressure and help improve students? understanding and performance. NEP emphasizes to move students away from rote learning, and raise literacy and numeracy skills at the foundational level. Every student will start achieving age-appropriate foundational literacy and numeracy (FLN) by 2025. A slew of programmes and measures are articulated for this purpose. FLN programme will help in Oral language development, decoding sounds and symbols, reading fluency, reading comprehension and writing. Bloom's taxonomy was explained in details which helped to understand and use it to analyse, understand and evaluate the child's performance. Ms. Anjali Singh concluded the session by emphasizing on the challenges faced in New Education Policy ' 2020. She also shared that pedagogical structures will be designed anew to be more appropriate and effective, based on children's cognitive and socio-emotional development. The curriculum will be integrated and flexible with equal emphasis on all subjects and fields. There will be no separation of curricular, co-curricular or extra-curricular areas' with all in a single category of equal importance. Vocational and academic streams will be integrated and offered to all students. Examination systems will be radically changed to assess real learning, make them stress-free, and aim for improvement instead of the passing of judgments.
Rev. Fr Jerry Paul Lobo, the Principal, proposed the vote of thanks. It was a very enriching and informative session. All the participants were filled with new zeal to start working on its implementation in their own spheres.
A GOODBYE IS A HELLO TO A NEW BEGINNING.
Farewells always leave you teary eyed, for, not only do they remind you of the inevitable parting but are also a constant reminder of the effervescence of time. With a plethora of emotions brimming in the heart, St. Francis Xavier School recently organised a farewell party to bid adieu to the outgoing batch of 2021-22.The day began with morning prayers in the school church where Priest Rev. Fr. Roque read the gospel and wished students best wishes. The day was a fiesta devoted to the years spent together with friends & teachers and to reminisce joyous moments. Class XII students set the stage on fire by showcasing great style through a ramp walk and other performances!