IN A BIG RELIEF to the school students, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar on Saturday announced that from the 2019 academic session the NCERT syllabus will be 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,” he told Rajya Sabha TV in an interview.
Keeping student’s all-round development into consideration, the minister said that school syllabus was more than that of BA and B.Com courses which is needed to be reduced by half so that students get time for other activities as well.
However, the minister while elaborating on the reforms in school education also said that examinations and detentions would be introduced. He said that without examination, there is no competition and no target.
He further said that a Bill in this regard will be considered in Parliament in the next part of the Budget Session. Javadekar explained that if a student fails in March, he would get another chance in May and if a student flunks both the times, then only he/she would be detained.
Javadekar also expressed concerned over the poor quality of teachers, which he said was resulting in poor learning outcomes.
"The basic task of teachers is to assess the strengths and weaknesses of students and mentor them accordingly," he added.
He also informed that under the Right to Education Act, 20 lakh teachers were to be trained by 2015 but only five lakh of them could be covered.
Over 14 lakh teachers were undergoing a skill upgradation programme. It should lead to better results, he added.