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States Can Decide To 'Adopt or Adapt' New NCERT Curriculum

The HRD ministry has decided to leave it up to the states to ‘adopt or adapt’ to its plan of reducing the NCERT curriculum in schools to lessen the burden of syllabus on students

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The HRD ministry has decided to leave it up to the states to ‘adopt or adapt’ to its plan of reducing the NCERT curriculum in schools to lessen the burden of syllabus on students.

In response to a written question raised in the Lok Sabha, Upendra Kushwaha, Minister of State for HRD said, “Education being a subject in the concurrent list of the constitution and substantial majority of schools being under the jurisdiction of the state governments, it is for the respective states to either adopt or adapt the model curriculum, syllabi and textbooks developed by the NCERT.”

The HRD ministry is seeking suggestions from various stakeholders on the portions of the NCERT curriculum that can be removed away to reduce the burden on students as it felt that the current syllabus was only making them examination motivated only.

Prakash Javadekar, Union Minster for HRD insisted that the students are currently being reduced to ‘dictionaries’ and ‘data banks’. HRD minister Prakash Javadekar had recently announced that the reduction of syllabus to up to half would be done in the next two to three years and the curriculum would be revamped to include physical education, value education and life skills education.

The HRD ministry will take up suggestions on reducing the curriculum of the NECRT till 6th April, following which development of framework for experimental learning will be carried out through mapping of curricular concepts, life skills and values for total development of the children.


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