Children walk towards their open-air school on top of a mountain in Doodhpathri in Indian-administered Kashmir on July 28. Some suspect India's new education policy, approved on July 29, ignores poor students. (Photo: Tauseef Mustafa/AFP)
The Indian government has released an ambitious education policy aiming to transform the country's learning system to match global standards, generating mixed reactions from church officials.The federal cabinet approved the National Education Policy 2020 on July 29, replacing a 34-year policy.The policy was in the making for more than six years and the first draft was released in 2016. The process to formulate a new policy was accelerated soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's pro-Hindu party came to power in 2014.Officials of the Catholic Church, which claims to be managing the largest network of educational institutions in the country after the government, were reserved in their comments, saying they need time to study the policy in depth.