In a major relief to school students across India, the Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has decided to drastically slice off the current “cramped” NCERT syllabus by half and make it more focused on life skills and values.

It is not the size or the quantity that matters, it is quality that makes a difference – and the Human Resource Development Ministry of India has decided to adapt with theory. In a pleasantly surprising move, Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar announced today that the administration is working on improvising the current NCERT syllabus that is “so cramped” and will be reduced by half, once implemented. The new cramped and reduced syllabus will focus more on physical education, life skill and value education, which the current syllabus lacks. Javadekar also said that education is not just about “memorising and putting it down in answer sheet”, rather it is more about putting the use of one’s cognitive and analytical abilities.

The draft for the new proposed syllabus will be tabled before the Union Cabinet by the end of June under the National Education Policy. Once the new syllabus will come into effect, it will bring a major system change in schools where students will be able to get time for various activities instead of just cramming down information from books and onto the examination answer sheets. Since these changes will bring a concentrated focus on sports at schools, the Centre has announced that each centrally-aided school will get sports equipment – for which, primary schools will get equipment worth Rs 5,000, upper primary Rs 10,000 and SSC and HSC level schools Rs 25,000; encouraging physical activities in the academic curriculum.

Also, the changes will not just be revolving around sports; rather the new syllabus will encourage students to read books beyond their curriculum – for which, all centrally-aided school will be given library grant of Rs 5,000 to Rs 20,000. Along with this dramatic changes, the National Education Policy will also propose the amendment to the Right to Education (RTE) Act that will review the no-detention policy and empowers states to conduct examinations for Class 5 and 8 students – which will be tabled in July. The unravelling of entire NCERT curriculum comes after the HRD Ministry received an overwhelming 37,000 suggestions for classes, lessons and subjects from teachers and students – on which, they ministry is currently working. These much-needed changes will be much-welcomed by the entire education sector, especially by students who will be relieved of the burden.

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