NCERT syllabus to be cut by half by 2019: Prakash Javadekar

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

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

In a move that is sure to bring cheer to students, parents and teachers, Union human resource development Minister Prakash Javadekar has said that the NCERT syllabus will be reduced by half.

Hindustan Times had reported on February 19 about the NCERT's moove to reduce the syllabus as well as make make textbooks thinner and bags lighter.

He added, that now 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.

Javadekar said the Parliament will consider a bill to reform school education in the next part of the Budget Session, but he clarified that exams will not be done away with. Speaking to state-run Rajya Sabha TV, Prakash Javadekar said that the workload needs trimming as it is at present more than the undergraduate syllabus for arts and commerce streams.

"Without examinations, there is no competition and no target", Javadekar said. If student flunks both the times, then only he/she would be detained, he added.

Also expressing concerns over the poor teaching quality - resulting in poor learning outcomes - Javadekar said, "The basic task of teachers is to assess the strengths and weaknesses of students and mentor them accordingly".

He also informed that under the Right to Education Act (RTE), 20 lakh teachers were to be trained by 2015 but only five lakh of them could be covered. Over 14 lakh teachers were undergoing a skill upgradation programme.

Speaking on the New Education Policy, the HRD minister informed that a report in this regard will be submitted by the end of the next month and following a few necessary approvals it will be unveiled soon thereafter. "It should lead to better results".