NCERT syllabus will be reduced by half from 2019 academic session, said HRD Minister Prakash Javadeker. He also pointed out the fact that the school syllabus was more than that of BA (Bachelor of Arts) & B.Com (Bachelor of Commerce) courses and it needed to be reduced by half so that school students get time for extracurricular activities which are also important for their all-round development.
It will be interesting to see whether the syllabus of competitive exams like JEE Main, JEE Advanced, UPSEE, WBJEE, NEET will change or not.
At present, most of the school teachers and school students follow NCERT textbooks and NCERT syllabus while preparing for competitive exams.
In an interview with Rajya Sabha TV, HRD Minister said, “At the stage of development of cognitive skills, students need to be given full freedom. I have asked NCERT to reduce the syllabus by half and it will be effective from 2019 academic session".
Elaborating on the reforms in school education under consideration, the minister said examinations and detentions would be introduced.
He said a Bill in this regard will be considered in Parliament in the next part of the Budget Session.
If a student fails in March, then that student would get another chance in May. If student flunks both the times, then only he or she would be detained, HRD Minister added.
Prakash Javedkar said, "Without examination, there is no competition and no target. There must be an element of competition for better outcomes".
HRD Minister also expressed concerned over the poor quality of teachers, which he said was resulting in poor learning outcomes.
"The basic task of teachers is to assess the strengths and weaknesses of students and mentor them accordingly," he added.
He also informed that under the Right to Education Act, 20 lakh teachers were to be trained by 2015 but only five lakh of them could be covered.
Currently, over 14 lakh teachers were undergoing a skill upgradation programme. It should lead to better results, he added.
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