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Siddaramaiah vows to scrap NEP in Karnataka from next academic year

Siddaramaiah said that by scrapping the NEP, his government will try to provide education “in accordance with the Constitution”.

Ashesh Mallick Edited By: Ashesh Mallick Bengaluru Published on: August 14, 2023 19:39 IST
Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah
Image Source : TWITTER/SIDDARAMAIAH Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah

NEP: Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Monday (August 14) announced that the National Education Policy will be scrapped in the state from the next academic year.

The Chief Minister said that by scrapping the NEP, his government will try to provide education “in accordance with the Constitution”.

"NEP was implemented in Karnataka, when it was not introduced in any other BJP-ruled states....I want to tell one thing, this year there was a bit of delay, from the next year onwards we will change the NEP and will try to provide education in accordance with the Constitution because BJP is anti-constitution and they believe in Manuwad," Siddaramaiah said.

The Congress leader said that the NEP has to be scrapped after making necessary preparations.

“NEP has to be scrapped after making necessary preparations, and as the academic year had begun by the time the election results were out and the government was formed, it has been continued this year, to avoid inconvenience to students in the middle of the year,” he said while speaking at the general body meeting of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee.

He claimed that the NEP has been opposed by students, parents and lecturers and teachers.

“The BJP has sacrificed the interest of students by implementing NEP in Karnataka even before other states implemented it,” Siddaramaiah alleged.

Karnataka became the first to adopt NEP in higher education, in August 2021.

The Congress then in opposition had criticised the NEP, dubbing it the "Nagpur Education Policy'', aimed at propagating the RSS agenda.

The Congress, in its manifesto, had promised to scrap the NEP, and during the recent budget, the CM had said that it will be replaced by a state education policy (SEP).

(With PTI inputs)

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