Students’ workload to go down as NCERT syllabus to reduce by half in 2019

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If you are a school student, there certainly is good news in the offing for you. Union Government has finally realized that the workload of school students need to be reduced.

The Union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar himself has said that the school curriculum is more than that of BA and B.Com. And therefore, after a review was undertaken by the NCERT, the syllabus from the academic session beginning in 2019 will be reduced by half.

Its good that in the higher echelons of the Government, it has been recognized that the students need wholesome holistic development and for that, the focus cannot be only on books and academic development.

Javadekar himself opined that students will get time for other activities which can result in their all – round development if their studying material is reduced by half.

“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 mentioned to Rajya Sabha TV, as per a report.

Elaborating on the reforms in school education under consideration, the Minister said examinations and detentions would be introduced. He said 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.

Another concern has been the poor quality of teachers in Government and Governemnt – aided schools in the country. In various schools, students suffer because of lack of quality education as either teachers are insufficient in numbers or do not have the perquisite skill sets to impart quality education to students.

Javadekar expressed his concern in this area as he opined, “The basic task of teachers is to assess the strengths and weaknesses of students and mentor them accordingly”.


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