According to Dinesh Prasad Saklani, director of the National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT), there is nothing wrong with “rationalising the syllabus,” but people’s cognitive processes are the issue. In order to lighten the load on pupils in the post-covid era, the council received criticism for removing sections of social sciences and history from textbooks for classes VI through XII. The NCERT has been rationalising the curriculum for years, so it’s nothing new.
BHUBANESWAR: According to Dinesh Prasad Saklani, director of the National Council of Education Research and Training, there is nothing wrong with the “rationalisation of curriculum,” but there is an issue with people’s way of thinking. In an effort to lighten the load on pupils in the post-covid era, the council received criticism for removing sections of social sciences and history from textbooks for classes VI through XII.
The NCERT has been rationalising the curriculum for years, so it’s nothing new. The job of rationalisation has been undertaken by a team of specialists and a highly competent organisation. We must avoid taking a narrow view and stirring up controversy, said Saklani, who is spending two days in Odisha. The removal of chapters on the Gujarat Riots, the Cold War, and the Mughal Courts drew criticism from a variety of sources.
Saklani said, the NCERT has made changes in all subjects starting from maths, science, geography, literature, and language. “I don’t know why people are making it an issue for social science and history when we did the changes in all subjects. We know how covid has imposed mental pressure and stress on children. So, the parliamentary committee decided to reduce the syllabus by 30%,” he added.
The National Curriculum Framework (NCF) is currently being revised and overhauled, and by the start of the following academic year, the framework will be ready for Early Childhood Education (ECE). In addition, the emphasis is on implementing national education policy, such as using mother tongue as the primary language of instruction and providing vocational and skill-based education.
“It is very important to study in our own mother tongue and parents have to accept it anyway. We also teach English and other languages to children but not at the cost of our mother tongue. Stress has been given to multi-linguism,” said Saklani.
According to Saklani, the primary goals of the NEP-2020 are to create excellent human beings, advance school instruction beyond memorization, and promote children’s holistic development. “According to the NEP-2020, children will be competent in a trade after they complete grade 12 so they may support themselves. We intend to bring cutting-edge disciplines like coding, robotics, artificial intelligence, organic farming, and many more,” he noted.