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Union Government to reduce the syllabus by half: Prakash Javadekar

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Prakash Javadekar

Central Government is going to reduce the NCERT syllabus by half in next two to three years, Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar announced earlier this week.

Explaining about the Government’s initiatives for quality education in the country, Javadekar said that the idea to provide quality education across the country emerged from the six workshops held by the Ministry along with the high level meetings with state education officials.

“A large number of NGOs, education experts, state government officers, and many teachers took part in these meeting,” he added.

Stressing on that plenty of information is not education, Javadekar said, “Students are not data banks. The main aim of education is to bring out a good human being. It is the need of the hour to inculcate value education, life skills, experiential learning and physical fitness in our daily life.”

According to him, reducing the syllabus will help the students to learn the basic principles of different subjects.

“We have asked the NCERT (National Council of Educational Research and Training) to evaluate the present curriculum and decide what can be done away with and what should be retained,” he further added.

The minister also said that the ministry will invite suggestions from teachers, parents, educational experts, students and stakeholders on reducing the syllabus by putting a request for the same on its website.

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