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Modi Govt Asks NCERT to Reduce Syllabus by Half, NCERT Refuses

Council officials decided to limit syllabus cuts on the basis of more than one lakh comments they received from stakeholders.

On December 12, Human Resource Development minister Prakash Javadekar, at an event, had said, “In order to provide enough time to students to develop their talents, the syllabus is proposed to be reduced by half.” But the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) is refusing to to make such drastic changes — they consider them impractical.

According to a report in The Telegraph, NCERT officials have said that while the body expected to reduce the school social science syllabuses by up to 20 per cent and keep any cuts to the minimum in mathematics, the sciences and language subjects; there was no way the council would follow the Centre’s recommendation to cut the syllabuses by 50 per cent across the board.

Speaking to The Telegraph, council officials said they had decided to limit the syllabus cuts on the basis of more than one lakh comments they had received after seeking feedback from stakeholders, adding that while parents, like the Centre, at large wanted syllabus and the textbooks to be reduced by almost half, teachers have largely supported the present syllabus. Their rationale is that Indian students should not lag behind in rigour and should be able to compete at the international level.

“The NCERT will not go by the wishes of the parents. As a top academic body, its focus is on the students learning (their subjects),” the official said.

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