NCERT to reduce syllabus by 15% this year, says Javadekar

Prakash Javadekar

The Ministry for Human Resource Development (MHRD) is going to reduce the content in NCERT textbooks by 10 to 15 percent from academic year 2019-20 as part of its exercise to relieve youngsters from “Curriculum Overload”.

In a meeting of the NCERT, chaired by Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar himself on Saturday, the minister said that the target is to reduce 50 percent reduction of the “curriculum overload” without affecting the learning outcomes.

“Curriculum will be reviewed to ensure holistic education in which there will be time for physical education, value education, life-skills education and experiential learning. The curriculum needs to be reduced. We have decided to reduce curriculum by 50 percent. This year, there will be 10-15 percent reduction. Next year it will be more. Finally, in 2021, the target will be achieved,” Javadekar said after the meeting.

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The minister also suggested earlier that removing duplication and redundant portions in a scientific way, the NCERT will be able to bring down its curriculum significantly. There were over a lakh suggestions on the basis of which the rationalisation exercise was carried out, an official said.

The union minister also said that to ensure adequate supply of NCERT textbooks, the number of published books this year is 8 crore this year. The number was 6 crore last year.

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