51 Reasons to say goodbye to NEP 2020: AIFRTE

Each reason stated by the AIFRTE is further reinforced in individual memorandums of other groups like Pinjra Tod


Continuing with the virtual campaign against the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, organisers circulated a document listing 51 reasons for rejecting the policy on August 11, 2021.

The All India Forum for Right To Education (AIFRTE) shared an open letter to government authorities decrying the NEP 2020 for its “unconstitutional” approach to education on the first day of the NEP Quit India campaign on Tuesday.

Primary among those reasons is that the NEP 2020 overrides rights of state governments for taking decisions about education – a subject in the Concurrent List of the Constitution. Academicians, teachers, students worried that this imposes centralised regulatory bodies, centralised eligibility, evaluation tests and even centrally coordinated tests at classes 3, 5, and 8 in schools.

“[NEP 2020] actually reduces the scope of mother tongues as the medium of Education: while the RTE Act provided for mother tongues as a medium of education up to grade VIII, the NEP 2020 reduces it to grade V only; and like the former act, this document also applies similar provisions like ‘except wherever not possible’ making the whole provision ineffectual,” said the AIFRTE.

Individuals and organisations on social media shared various points in the Bill on Wednesday to give a bullet-view of why they rejected the policy.


The document also mentions how instead of acknowledging the Tapas Mazumdar Committee’s (2005) suggestion to provide educational expenditure only from government sources, the NEP 2020 calls for not only so-called ‘private philanthropic’ activity but also Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the education sector.

The full list of reasons can be viewed below:

Others drafted a copy of the AIFRTE’s open letter in their local language to officials like the Joint Collector in Andhra Pradesh.

In Kamareddy district of Telangana, the State Save Education committee observed a physical protest and submitted a memorandum to the District Collector.



Similarly, the women’s student collective Pinjra Tod published their second statement on “blended learning” and the NEP 2020. In it, they condemned the UGC’s draft syllabi that included pro-establishment books by Baba Ram Dev and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Ajay Singh Bisht “Adityanath.”

The NEP Quit India campaign continues on Thursday. The AIFRTE once again appealed to all people to draw attention towards the policy that threatens to undermine the Right to Education.


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