Prakash Javadekar vows to halve school syllabus

RSTV Bureau
  • Syllabus to be reduced by half; To be effective from academic session in 2019
  • Exams and detention at classes 5 and 8 to be introduced; Bill to be introduced and passed in this Budget session
  • Report on New Education Policy to be submitted by March end; To be announced soon after
  • HRD Minister shares concern about poor learning outcomes in an interview to RSTV

Human Resources Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar has spelt out major reforms to improve the quality of school education in the country and learning outcomes. In an interview to Rajya Sabha TV for the channel’s programme ‘The Pulse’ on ‘What ails school education?’, Shri Javadekar shared the widespread concern over poor learning outcomes of school students.

Shri Javadekar revealed to RSTV that school syllabus of NCERT (National Council of Education Research and Training) will be reduced by half and it will be made applicable from the academic session of 2019.

“School syllabus is more than that of for BA and B.Com courses. Everything has been put in the syllabus. This needs to be reduced by half so that students get time for various other activities that enable all round development of students and make them better human beings. At the stage of development of cognitive skills, students need to be given full freedom. I have asked NCERT to reduce school syllabus by half and it will be made effective from the academic session of 2019,” Javadekar said.

Elaborating on the reforms in school education under consideration, the Minister said examinations and detention will be introduced for classes five and ten and a Bill in this regard will be introduced in the Parliament in the next part of the current Budget session and will be passed since almost all the States are in favour of this reform.

Shri Javadekar stated that further to introduction of Right to Education and Continuous Evaluation method replacing exams, accountability of all stakeholders including teachers and students was given a go by resulting in poor learning outcomes. He said “Without examination, there is no competition and no target. There must be an element of competition for better outcomes. If a student fails in March, he will get another chance in May. If student fails both the times, then only there will be detention. 25 States have favoured this. We will introduce a Bill in this regard and confident of getting it passed since 25 States have supported this reform”.

The Minister stated that poor quality of teachers is also resulting in poor learning outcomes. He said “Basic task of teachers is to assess the strengths and weaknesses of students and mentor them accordingly. Further to RTE, 20 lakh teachers were to be trained by 2015 but only five lakh teachers were covered. Over 14 lakh teachers are now being trained for skill upgradation and this should lead to better results”.

Regarding the much talked about New Education Policy, Shri Javadekar informed that the Report of the Committee in this regard will be submitted by the end of next month and it would be unveiled soon thereafter after necessary approvals.

Addressing the students who participated in RSTV’s programme, Shri Javadekar urged them not to be limited by the pursuit of marks alone and instead enjoy learning. He said extracurricular activities sports would enhance their performance through wholesome personality and energy.

February 24, 2018