Students in India can breathe a sigh of relief as schools are set to get a new curriculum after 15 years. The new curriculum which is expected to be ready by April 2021 will have downsized content. The process of the National Curriculum Framework (NCF) review has already begun with National Council of Educational Research And Training (NCERT) submitting its proposal. The NCERT started its work in November and submitted the proposal earlier this month to the Ministry of Human Resource Development. The process by the NCF that will take place after 15 years will involve looking at the content and methods of teaching in schools.
According to the proposal, the curriculum will be ready by April 2021 and the new textbooks should be ready by April 2023. It also suggests that the content of the new curriculum will be reduced to its core essentials. The government sources told ToI that the new curriculum will be in sync with the National Education Policy 2020.
The NCERT has proposed setting up of a steering committee to oversee the formulation of the new curriculum. A senior HRD official told ToI that NCERT has already started shortlisting the experts for 22 groups which include specialists in categories such as gender education, inclusion, educational technology, teacher education and assessment. The steering committee and its chairman are likely to be announced along with the Education Policy 2020 by the HRD Ministry by the end of this month.
According to the draft NEP 2020, all textbooks shall have essential core material (along with discussions, analysis, examples and applications) which are important on a national level. They will also contain any required supplementary material as per the local context and needs.
Source: Times of India
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