Noida, 8th September- On Wednesday, i.e. 5th September 2018, HRD minister Prakash Javadekar said that the school syllabus for students from 1st standard to 12th standard may be reduced by 10 – 15% by the next academic year. This will be implemented by HRD Ministry in lieu to make the curriculum less burdensome and back breaking for the students.
As per the HRD ministry, the National Council of Educational Research and Training is working to give final and prudent touches to the curriculum, which will be then applied to all the schools affiliated to CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) and all the state boards that follow NCERT syllabus.
In the words of HRD ministry supremo, “we have received more than 1 lakh suggestions. I hope this year (the new academic session) 10-15% of the syllabus will be reduced, and then next year further reduction can happen”. In February’18, announcement of reduction of NCERT syllabus by next one or two years was made by him.
Clearly, there is a lot of irrelevant and outdated content in the text books that needs to be revised. This outdated and irrelevant portion makes the curriculum vigorous for the students as per the observation of the officials of HRD Ministry. The irrelevant portions of the syllabus were not removed by the NCERT in the previous revision of the curriculum made.
Prakash Javadekar also said that, there were nearly 7 – 8 million teachers in the school system, but there was no effective deployment of the resources. If this continues and any state fails to effectively deploy the teaching resources they have across the schools, this could impact the release of central grant of the schools under the HRD ministry plan. This would be done to ensure a healthy ratio of student – teacher in all the government schools.
In lieu of increasing the teaching standards in the country, HRD Ministry is planning to start a four-year integrated teaching programs such as BA (B.Ed), B.Sc (B.Ed), and B.Com (B.Ed), so that only those aspirants wishing to opt for teaching as a career choice primarily and not as an option will get enrolled themselves in these programs. Students will learn all the teaching skills and will get extensive teacher training under these programs.
Also, the accreditation and assessments of the present universities and colleges are a big concern for UGC. There were only 20 universities and 500 colleges when UGC was formed. UGC was the sole regulator and finding body of these universities and colleges. Now, there are 900 universities and 40, 000 colleges that need to be assessed and funded. For this, UGC is planning to create separate councils to supervise both the functions, i.e. regulation and funding separately. In the words of UGC in a letter to the vice chancellors of various universities, “To enhance the existing capacity of accreditation for meeting the requirement of higher education institutes, it has been decided to allow more accreditation agencies to come into this sphere of activity”.