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Major revamp in school curriculum in offing, MHRD all set to reduce substantially curricular load on school kids
If one goes by the recent TV interview of Information and Broadcasting minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) is going to reduce the curricular load up to 50 per cent on school children who are following the syllabus of National Council of Educational Research and Training NCERT).

One may recall that Rathore, who was appointed as a cabinet minister with independent charge for Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in 2017 was assigned the responsibility to take a call on the curricular revamp. The MHRD had asked the National Council of Educational Research and Training to evaluate the present curriculum and to propose changes in it to make it lighter.

The new curriculum will be lighter by removing the irrelevant parts and there will be compulsory sports period for all children from the ensuing academic session of 2019-20. It is being said the reduced syllabus will provide the space to physical education, value education and life skills education in schools.

“Though the reduction of curricular load on school students is a good move, however, it needs to be coupled with methods of teaching which are pedagogically sound and child friendly. Moreover, the psycho-social environment of schools needs be reconstructed since it not learning conducive currently. Or else, the new curriculum will not be able to meet its aim of all round development of children – both as a rational learner and a person who is socially sensitive and responsive,” said Dr Anita Shrivastava, former psychology lecturer of a local women college in Jaipur.

This would also require a massive in-service training of teachers and its proper follow-up for the curricular reform to succeed.  Here, I would like to quote Aaron Swartz’s words of caution, “Real education is about genuine understanding and the ability to figure things out on your own; not about making sure every 7th grader has memorized all the facts some bureaucrats have put in the 7th grade curriculum.”

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