By Gunjan Pandey

The mounting NCERT syllabus throughout the curriculum has always been a concern for students and their parents as well. Huge piles of books and no rest is the most common problem of students these days.

However, the government always takes initiatives to improve the quality of education and reduce stress levels. Here’s all you need to know about the recent step taken in this direction!

2019: A Huge Respite For Students:

HRD Minister Prakash Javdekar made an announcement that from the upcoming academic session, the NCERT syllabus will be reduced to half. He said that the school syllabus was more than the courses of B.A and B.Com in colleges.

The syllabus needed to be reduced by half so that students get time for other activities to ensure all-round development. In an interview, Javdekar said, “At the stage of development of cognitive skills, students need to be given full freedom. I have asked NCERT to reduce the syllabus by half.” The reduction in syllabus will be from classes 1 to 12.

No Respite From Examinations:

A Bill would be tabled in the next budget session of Parliament making examinations and detentions compulsory.

“Without examination, there is no competition and no target. There must be an element of competition for better outcomes,” the minister said.

A student who fails in the annual examination held in March would get another chance in May to qualify the examination. If he fails both the times, he shall be declared detained.

Concern Over Poor Quality Of Teachers:

It is often said that teachers are the lighthouses that guide the wandering ships. But what if the bulbs are themselves fused (pun intended).

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No doubt, poor quality teachers could only deliver poor learning outcomes.

Problems Likely To Arise:

Reducing the syllabus is a good initiative but it should not come at the cost of learning. The recently released Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) has already indicated depressing results. 40% of the students in the age group of 14 to 18 couldn’t tell the time in a clock.

This clearly points that there are loopholes within our education system which need to be mended. Less and effective syllabus with relevant course and equal distribution will surely ensure good outcomes.

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Sources: Times Of India, Financial Express, First Post + more

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