CHENNAI: The National Curriculum Framework for new school education system (5+3+3+4) proposed in the National Education Policy will be ready in 12 to 18 months and will be shared with states, Union school education secretary Sanjay Kumar has said.
After the G20 seminar at IIT Madras Research Park on Tuesday, he told reporters, “All books will be rewritten as per the new curriculum to reflect the spirit of the NEP.”
The teaching and learning material for the first five years of school education including three years of pre-school and Classes I, II has already been prepared. “Hopefully, it will be launched in the later part of this month. We will send the national curriculum framework to all State Councils for Educational Research and Training (SCERTs),” Kumar said.
The SCERTs will be requested to have a look at it and customize it according to their needs, he said. Currently, the 10+2 school education system is being followed throughout the country. “The NEP has envisaged that every child coming to goverment schools should have at least three years of formal schooling. So this is the aspect we are focusing on and by the time the child reaches Class II, he/she will have acquired certain competencies in reading, writing and basic arithmetic,” he added.
Highlighting the reasons behind children dropping out of school at various stagess, Kumar said early introduction of vocational education in schools will address the issue.
“Instead of Class IX, the NEP proposes to introduce vocational education from Class VI. Children need not study physics, science if they find it difficult. Maths is one of the issues and we need to teach maths in a more innovative and imaginative manner,” he said. The country will have a single, four-year BEd programme by 2030, Kumar added.
Asked about the digital divide, professor Anil Sahasrabudhe, chairman of National Educational Technology Forum (NETF), said, “So far two and a half lakh villages in the country have internet connections. Another three and half lakh villages will be covered within the next one year with fibre optical connection.” Internet connectivity would give access to quality education to all students, he said.