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Development of Curriculum for School Education Massive Decentralized Consultancy Exercise: NCERT MPNRC

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NCERT officials said on Tuesday that the development of a National Curriculum Framework (NCF) for school education is a major decentralized consultation exercise ranging from villages and cities to states and central ministries. NCERT has removed parts from its Class 12 textbooks about the 2002 Gujarat riots, the Emergency, the Cold War, the Naxalite movement and the Mughal courts as part of its “curricular rationalization” exercise, leading to allegations that it The exercise is conceptually driven. The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has cited “overlapping” and “irrelevant” as reasons for removing those parts from the curriculum.

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“Development of a National Curriculum Framework (NCF) for school education is by no means limited at the national level, a huge consultative exercise. In fact, for the first time, it is a top-down approach rather than a top-down approach,” said a senior NCERT official. Based on a bottom-up and paperless approach. “Each state has established 25 state focus groups, covering key areas, such as pedagogy, assessment, environmental studies, inclusion, knowledge of India, language, social science, science, mathematics and has its own group of experts on various topics like technology. He added.

NCERT has received inputs from 27 states in the form of 608 status papers from each of their state focus groups. According to the official, these will be fed into the NCF. “At least 3,000 mobile app-based surveys are being conducted in each state and union territory by grassroots stakeholders such as teachers, anganwadi workers, local communities and traders. For this, about 8,391 surveyors were appointed by the states and union territories. NCERT has received survey reports of 1.3 lakh stakeholders so far,” the official said. In the Class 12 Political Science textbook, the pages of the subject ‘Gujarat Riots’ will be kept out of the chapter titled ‘Recent Developments in Indian Politics’.

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The National Human Rights Commission report on the 2002 violence and the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s remarks of “Raj Dharma” have been omitted from the textbook. In addition, chapters on the Mughal courts in the history textbook, a poem on the Dalit movement and a chapter on the Cold War have been excluded from the political science textbook.

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In Class 10, the excluded chapters included verses by poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz in the ‘Religion, Communalism and Politics – Communal, Secular State’ section of the textbook ‘Democratic Politics II’. Also, the chapters titled ‘Democracy and Diversity’, ‘Popular Struggle and Movement’ and ‘Challenges of Democracy’ have been removed.

“States and UTs were also requested to conduct district-level consultations of academicians and concerned experts. NCERT has received 1,502 advisory reports from states and union territories in this regard. The official said that the NCERT itself is also conducting direct consultation meetings at the district level in several states and union territories. “All Ministries of Government of India have been requested to give their inputs as well. NCERT has already conducted two rounds of workshops with some ministries and started receiving inputs,” the official said.

The official further informed that around 25 National Focus Groups have been formed by NCERT, each with around 8-10 members, to give inputs in the form of status papers on similar subjects being given by the States and UTs. “Hence, these 25 papers will also be part of the total 608 position papers which will be scrutinized for the development of the NCF.

The official said that the entire process is paperless and a special portal has been prepared by NCERT to capture these detailed information from all parts of the country and from all categories of stakeholders. “The National Curriculum is being developed with a 360-degree decentralized consultation process from village/city-level to districts to states and central ministries. Technology is being leveraged to widen the consultation process. States and Union Territories are playing a major role in the curriculum development process, making it an example of cooperative federalism,” he said. The NCF has been revised four times so far – in 1975, 1988, 2000 and 2005. The new amendment will be the fifth of the framework.

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