School students to study inferior books, NCERT asks experts to review curricula

The National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has decided to reduce the curriculum and textbooks for the 2022-23 academic sessions for all classes. On December 15, the director in charge of NCERT, Sridhar Srivastava, ordered department heads to conduct a review involving internal and external experts to discuss topics that may be excluded from the program this time around.

The council made the decision due to the disruption of the learning process caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. As cases have increased in recent days, several schools have been closed and teachers and students have resorted to online courses. The decision to “lighten” textbooks for the 2022-2023 session was taken in view of the struggle of the students in the learning process. Heads of departments were invited to submit the report by December 28.

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Several school boards have scaled back the program due to disruption caused by the pandemic. The CBSE has reduced the program by 30% for the academic sessions 2020-21 and 2021-22, however, this only concerns grades 9 to 12. The Telangana council has reduced the program by 30% for class 12, on Maharashtra and Himachal Pradesh for classes. 10 and 12, and UPMSP for classes 9 to 12.

According to reports, the director of NCERT has been advised by experts to send the textbooks with the proposed changes for publication for the 2022-23 academic session. New textbooks based on the National Curriculum Framework (NCF) will likely be introduced by NCERT starting in the 2023-24 academic session.

The board is revising the curriculum under the NCF which is in line with the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020. The framework includes guidelines for subjects and materials to be taught in schools and NCERT is already working on it. .

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Previously, the Parliament panel had suggested that NCERT include lesser-known freedom fighters in textbooks. He also asked the council to review the guidelines for writing history textbooks and to give equal weight to all periods and events of the past. He also asked to incorporate the history of the Vedas with the history of the Sikhs and the Marathas. “Unhistorical facts and distortions” about Indian national heroes from textbooks must be removed, the panel said.

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