The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the National Education Policy(NEP) 2020 that will bring a seismic reform in all aspects of the Indian education system.

The new policy looks to universalize primary education by 2025 besides providing basic literacy and numerical competence for all. According to the new policy, the 10+2 structure of school curricula will be replaced by a 5+3+3+4 curricular structure corresponding to ages 3-8, 8-11, 11-14, and 14-18 years, respectively. It will include 12 years of schooling and three years of Anganwadi and pre-schooling.

The Cabinet said it is the first education policy of the 21st century and replaces the thirty-four-year-old National Policy on Education (NPE), 1986.

The new policy aims for universalisation of education from pre-school to secondary level with 100 percent Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in school education by 2030 and aims to raise GER in higher education to 50 percent by 2025. 

Under the new policy, all public and private higher education institutions will be governed by the same set of norms for regulation, accreditation and academic standards.

Read the full text of the National Education Policy 2020 here: