Alteration in the new NCERT Syllabus
The NCERT syllabus has been supposedly reduced by the Union Human Resource Development (HRD) to half, said HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar recently. Before the Union Cabinet by the end of this month, the minister also said the draft of new National Education Policy will be tabled reported Press Trust of India.
“Due to an extensive restriction, the government has decided to reduce the NCERT syllabus by half,” said the minister and earlier the Government had received an overwhelming response after it asked suggestions from stakeholders for the purpose of reasoning school education curriculum by decimating the heavy loads of NCERT syllabus.
“To put to use one’s cognitive and analytical abilities, education is comprehensive. That is true education… The NCERT syllabus is so cramped. Therefore, the syllabus has been decided to be reduced by half,” the minister said. From teachers and others and according to the minister, the HRD ministry has received 37,000 suggestions on classes, lessons and subjects and in fact, the government is working on it.
By the time it was announcing, with respect to an HRD statement there have been 15000 suggestions date while Government was expecting more than 1 Lakh responses by the end of April.
Change in the policy review
To conduct examinations for Class 5 and 8 students, he said, the proposed amendment to the Right to Education (RTE) Act, which reviews the no-detention policy and empowers states is expected to be tabled before Parliament very soon.
Section 16 of the RTE Act, 2009 stipulates that ‘No child admitted in a school shall be held back in any class or expelled from school till the completion of elementary education’. Thus, the policy covers elementary stage of schooling covering classes 1 to 8.
“The draft could not be taken up so far as the Congress did not allow Parliament to function earlier. I am now hopeful it will come up before Parliament in the July session as all parties have supported the freedom given to respective states (to decide on detention issue),” he said.
“Those who don’t want the exams should also be considered While 25 states, including West Bengal, want the exams which I welcome. I hope any change in no-detention policy will be a reality by August and it will be left for the respective state,” he said.
Pertaining to National testing Agency
When inquired about the National Testing Agency, which would be mandated to conduct entrance tests to higher educational institutions, the minister said, “We will get a chairman soon… Once the complete board is set up, it will start working from the 2019 session.”