India’s Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) is planning to change the curriculum of schools. It believes that the purpose of education should be to produce good human beings.
For real development along with knowledge, life-skill education, value education, physical education, experiential learning is essential. Creative skills need to be nurtured, the Ministry said today.
It was a demand from all stakeholders that because of heavy curriculum, there is no time left for all these aspects. Also rote learning is not the way forward. Therefore, School Syllabus must be rationalized.
To achieve this, the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has been advised to undertake an exercise to review its syllabus with a view to reducing the curriculum load on the students.
NCERT has conducted a workshop in this regard and has come out with following plan of action for reducing the curriculum burden:
1. Analysis of NCERT’s syllabi and textbooks across subject areas and classes focusing on the following:
- Learning outcomes
- Curriculum linkages across classes and subjects
- Overlapping in the content (science and geography; physics and chemistry, etc.)
- Comprehensibility of language
- Age-appropriateness of the content
- Diverse contexts
2. Inviting suggestions from teachers, students, parents and other stakeholders through web portal on the reduction of curriculum load.
3. Developing framework for Experiential Learning through mapping of curricular concepts, life skills and values for holistic development of children.
Suggestions have been invited from various stakeholders through the website of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). The suggestions can be made till April 6th, 2018.
NCERT has also placed an advertisement in the newspapers informing the stakeholders about the MHRD’s website for sending their suggestions on rationalizing curriculum burden.