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New syllabus and textbooks to prepare by NCERT by 2023, asserted director Hrushikesh Senapaty

Mar 19 2020 2:06PM

The board intends to train 33,000 key resource persons and 42 lakh elementary school teachers by 2020 to address gaps in curriculum delivery and modify learning results among the students.

There is a gap between the expectations of NCERT and the present classroom learning, which is the reason high-scoring students unable to grab skills to confront life's challenges, states Hrushikesh Senapaty, director NCERT. "NCERT books are designed following the National Curriculum Framework (NCF) created in 2005 and follow a child-centric method. These books avert rote learning."

Senapaty refutes the common regard of NCERT books being in a complex language. "The books are being taught from nearly a decade in the CBSE schools and across Kendriya Vidyalayas at various levels. If there were language concerns, those would have been implicit by now."

Earlier, the Council had invited recommendations from the teachers and stakeholders for the rationalization of the textbooks and reduce the content load if needed. Regarding the matter of the Council aims to review and revamp the textbooks which have often been buried in controversies about distortion of history and facts, Senapaty asserts, "Once the new National Education Policy (NEP) gets executed, plans are on to build a new NCF. This will furnish us with the norms for developing the new.

NCERT books, center on developing students' problem-solving skills and conceptual knowledge, which are the key to achievement in both the competitive and board exams. "If the aim is to develop 21st-century learning skills among the students, they should not be spoon-fed through guidebooks as a shortcut to success," he adds.

Remedial measures:

To address the breach in curriculum delivery, NCERT has given training to 23,000 key resource persons and 12 lakh teachers through its National Initiative for School Heads and Teachers Holistic Advancement (NISHTHA) programme started on August 21, 2019. Barring West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala 3 states that are probably to be inducted after March 2020-the programme were originated over 33 states and Union Territories.

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