NCERT Syllabus to be Cut by Half from 2019: Prakash Javadekar
In an interview with Rajya Sabha TV, HRD minister Prakash Javadekar went on record to say that the NCERT syllabus would be cut by half from the 2019 academic session. He said, "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."
This move is in a bid to reduce the stress on school students and give them more time for all-round development. Javadekar also said that the current syllabus was more than that of BA and B.Comm courses.
The minister also talked about other reformative measures being considered under the new Education Policy and the bill about examinations and detentions that will be considered in the Parliament in the next part of the Budget session. Examination and detentions will be reintroduced with students getting two chances to pass an exam, failing which he/she would be detained.
He also expressed concern over the quality of teachers saying this poor quality was the cause of poor results. He added that over 14 lakh teachers were undergoing a skill upgradation program which should lead to better results.
The New Education Policy, as per Javadekar, is expected to be submitted by the end of next month and will be released after necessary approvals.