From 2019 Academic Session, NCERT Syllabus To Be Reduced By Half: Prakash Javadekar

| February 25 , 2018 , 12:27 IST

Keeping in mind the workload and pressure on school students, and to encourage more rounded development, the NCERT school syllabus is to be reduced by half from the 2019 academic session, Human Resources Development Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Saturday.

He added, that currently school syllabus was more than that of BA and B.Com courses and it needed to be reduced by half so that students get time to pursue other activities for their all-round development.

"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 the 2019 academic session," Javadekar said to Rajya Sabha TV in an interview.

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Regarding other reforms in consideration for school education, the HRD minister said that examinations and detentions would be introduced, and a Bill in this regard would be considered in Parliament in the next part of the Budget Session.

"Without examination, there is no competition and no target. There must be an element of competition for better outcomes," he said.

"If a student fails in March, he would get another chance in May. If student flunks both the times, then only he/she would be detained," he added.

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Expressing concern over the poor quality of teachers, Javadekar said that the quality of teachers was resulting in poor learning outcomes.

"The basic task of teachers is to assess the strengths and weaknesses of students and mentor them accordingly," said Javadekar.

He did point out that more than 14 lakh teachers were undergoing a skill upgradation programme which would lead to better quality.