NCERT Curriculum to be effective in Tripura
For schools in the state of Tripura, the BJP-IPFT government has decided to adopt NCERT curriculum instead of the State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) prescribed curriculum, Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath said recently.
The NCERT is established in 1961 by the government of India for the sole purpose of assisting and advising the central and state governments on policies for qualitative improvement in school education. It has to be mentioned that it is an autonomous organization.
One of the significant objectives of NCERT is the process that involves complicated phases including research undertaking, promoting and coordinating research areas in areas that are extensively related to school education. In addition to this, the process also includes preparation and publications of supplementary materials, newsletters, journals and development of educational kits and multimedia digital materials. Also the organization of services that are done in prior in addition to the in-service training of teachers; development and dissemination of innovative educational techniques and practices;collaborate and network in association with the educational departments that are concerned to state universities, NGOs and other educational institutions; act as a clearinghouse for ideas and information in matters related to school education besides acting as a nodal agency for the goals purpose of achieving goals corresponding to the Universalisation of Elementary Education.
NCERT is an implementation agency for bilateral cultural exchange programmes with other countries in the field of school education along with the research, development, training, extension, publication and dissemination activities. To educational personnel from developing countries in collaboration with the international organizations, the NCERT also interacts and works visiting foreign delegations and offers various training facilities.
Upon the hearing of a petition filed by lawyer M Purushothaman, the order by Justice N Kirubakaran was released raising concerns about the welfare of students over homework being assigned to them in violation of NCERT guidelines.
Stand of TBSE
Tripura Board of Secondary Education (TBSE) is following the SCERT books at the school level, it has not yielded desired results so far prompting the state to switch over to NCERT curriculum in order to boost the states education system, Nath said. “It is more likely that CBSE pattern syllabus and tabulation system will be followed at the school level for better outputs,” he said.
“Headed by former Vice-Chancellor of Tripura Central University Prof Arunoday Saha has been constituted to prepare a roadmap for adopting NCERT curriculum upon the supervision of a six-member expert. The government will take an appropriate decision once the committee submits its finding,” Nath said.
To discuss on how to adopt its curriculum at the school level, two officials of SCERT went to NCERT in Delhi as per the statement by the education minister. A report before the government should be submitted supposedly.
Nath said the state government wants to introduce NCERT curriculum at the earliest. In a competitive examination, this will be a great advantage for the students who could not compete with students from outside the state he added.
The BJP-Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) won the Tripura Assembly elections in March this year, ending 25 years of uninterrupted rule of the CPI(M)-led Left Front in the state.