Chief Minister O Panneerselvam has reiterated the State’s opposition to as many as 28 aspects of the draft New Education Policy of the Centre during his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on MondayOn limiting no-detention policy up to Class V, he pointed out that this would increase drop out rates and there was no study suggesting this ensured quality of learning. Introducing three-language formula, expansion of Kendriya and Navodaya Vidyalayam common national curriculum and accreditation of school boards were also opposed. As for higher education, the State opposed the idea of limiting number of affiliated colleges per universities to 100 and entry of foreign universities.
Referring to former chief miniser J Jayalalithaa’s repeated efforts to exempt Tamil Nadu from NEET, Pannerselvam said the test was out of tune with the prevailing socio-economic milieu and administrative requirements of the State. According to him, this would put rural students at a disadvantage as they lacked resources to enroll in coaching institutions and access materials available to urban students