The NCERT syllabus is all set to undergo major changes starting in 2019. As per the Union HRD Minister, Mr. Prakash Javadekar, the current NCERT syllabus is more extensive than the B.A. or B.Com courses.
This suggestion for syllabus revision has been made after a series of workshops between the HRD ministry and education officials, NGOs and experts. The common consensus was that currently, loading students with a large amount of information is not equipping them, but rather, holding them back and stressing them out. “At the stage of development of cognitive skills, students need to be given full freedom. I have asked NCERT to reduce the syllabus by half and it will be effective from the 2019 academic session,” the Minister told Rajya Sabha TV in an interview.
Some of the key highlights of this mega revamp of the Indian education system are:
- Second Chances: If a student happens to fail in his or her final examinations in March, then he or she may re-appear for the same in May. Only in case of inability to clear the May exam will a student repeat the class.
- Saying yes to Exams: Javadekar stressed on the need of having examinations to maintain a sense of competitiveness. “Without examination, there is no competition and no target. There must be an element of competition for better outcomes,” he said. The examination and detention features are proposed to be featured in a Bill in the next leg of the Budget session.
- Better Teachers: The Minister expressed his concerns over the poor quality of teachers which was resulting in poor learning outcomes for students. The poor quality is not surprising, because as per the Right to Education Act, only 5 lakh teachers were trained from the 20 lakh teachers who were scheduled to be trained by 2015. To cover the gap, about 14 lakh teachers are undergoing skill up-gradation programs which the Govt. is more optimistic about this time around.
Mr. Javadekar has made this syllabus review open on the Ministry’s website for suggestions from parents, students, experts alike. As per reports, the focus would be on strengthening public institutes with a special focus on mathematics, linguistics, and sports. A report pertaining to the revamped education policy would be submitted for a review. The government aims to have in place a “modern education policy” before its tenure ends in May 2019.
We, for one, are waiting with bated breath to witness one of the most drastic changes the Indian Education system has seen in several decades. Leave your comments below to tell us what YOU think.