The Hush Post|13:00 pm|1-min-read
Prakash Javadekar, the Human Resource Development Minister said, the content in NCERT textbooks will be reduced by 10 to 15% from academic year 2019-20. This step is undertaken to relieve the students from “curriculum overload.”
In a meeting of the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) general council, the minister said, “Curriculum will be reviewed to ensure wholistic education. Now, there will be more time for physical education, value education, life-skills education, and experiential learning. The curriculum needs to be reduced. We have decided to reduce the curriculum by 50 %. This year, there will be 10-15 % reduction. Next year it will be more. Finally, in 2021, the target will be achieved,”
Meanwhile, “All the states will be assessed on performance indicators based on 70 parameters. This will improve the quality of education. It will also give a fair picture of where each state stands. There will be a healthy competition to improve the performance,” Javadekar said.
However, an official from NCERT said, “Social Sciences will have more cuts than Science, Mathematics and languages. The science syllabus for higher classes does not need any reduction because that is a level at which students need more study material.”
Javadekar said the council had also decided to print more books in NCERT. The number of NCERT textbooks published this year will increase from 6 crore last year to 8 crore this year to ensure adequate supply.