NCERT syllabus to be reduced by half: HRD Minister

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In a bid to provide relief to school students, the NCERT syllabus will be reduced by
half from the 2019 academic session, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar has said. Students get overburdened and exhausted and they do not find any time for other activities and by focusing on this situation, the Union minister Prakash Javadekar said that the government has decided to reduce the NCERT syllabus. It has been observed for a long time that students have no time to focus on extra-curricular activities as the school syllabus was more than that of BA and B.Com courses. The decision to make the NCERT syllabus less was announced by the Union HRD Minister last week.

There is a huge load of books and content that they need to cover within an academic session. As a result, students experience the lack of time for physical education, value education, along with the life skills. In this regard, Javadekar said, “So, we decided to half the portion (syllabus). There is no need to teach them everything. Students should learn principles and rest of the knowledge they can gain later.” Besides, Javadekar mentioned at an event marking the 10th foundation day of the Foundation for Restoration of National Values (FRNV) that the HRD Ministry had received 37,000 suggestions from the teachers, parents, and educationists regarding this government’s decision to lessen the burden of books.

During the announcement, Javadekar had mentioned that the NCERT syllabus was so “cramped” that the government had thought to reduce it by half for the betterment of the students. Furthermore, the minister added that the values cannot be inculcated among children unless these are provided to them at home and also recommended training for the parents in this regard. However, FRNV took a praiseworthy initiative of integrating the value education in the school system across India and the HRD Ministry and will assist this work as a “partner”.

In this regard, Sreedharan, the “Metro Man” from FRNV said, “Value education is the primary step needed by the country. Emphasis on it in government schools is not sufficient. If government schools start it, other schools will also be encouraged to do so”.