NCERT to Review Syllabi and Textbooks to Reduce Burden on Students 

New Delhi, 17 December 2021 – The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) will be reviewing its syllabus and textbooks to ensure that there is no extra pressure on students. This decision came after schools are being reopened across India and children are under tremendous pressure to make up for the loss in education during the pandemic. 

To reduce the curriculum load on children from the 2022 academic year and to aid them in coming on-pace with learning, NCERT Director Sridhar Srivastava has instructed the council to review its study material and propose a change by 28 December 2021. 

He noted in this regard, “Though we are in the process of making our National Curriculum Frameworks, the development of new textbooks may take some time to come out. But in view of giving children the opportunity for speedy recovery in their learning continuum, NCERT needs to take a step towards rationalization of its syllabi and textbooks for the next year across the stages … We have somewhat rationalised the textbooks at the primary stage for the next year. Given its continuity with higher stages, this exercise needs to be done in every subject area and for all the classes from VI to XII also.”

What is the Reason for Syllabus and Textbook Review?

Srivastava has noted that during the pandemic, students across different grades “struggled a lot” in learning through online and other modes. As students were not able to fully adapt to the new mode of imparting education, there was a significant learning loss

As schools are now reopening for in-person classes, students face a mammoth task of covering for the learning loss that happened during the COVID-19 pandemic. In light of this, the council will be reviewing learning material and suggesting changes to ensure students can confidently handle the study load.

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When Will the Syllabus and Textbooks be Reviewed?

NCERT Director, Sridhar Srivastava, has instructed the council to review NCERT syllabus and textbooks by involving internal and external experts in the next 10 days. The council is then directed to submit its proposed changes by 28 December 2021, so that these changes can be implemented from the 2022 academic year.

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