The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) textbooks prep for revision once the New Education Policy winds up and a National Curriculum Framework is decided. New revisions will address the gap between NCERT goals and current classroom learning environment. Under the Modi government, the NCERT changes will require some two years to materialise. The National Curriculum Framework (2005) forms the foundation of NCERT syllabus. Over the days it will accommodate various changes keeping in consideration the New Education Policy passed by the government. NCF 2005 is the guidebook for preparing any kind of school textbooks in India.
In 2017 the last revision in NCERT had taken place after the gap of 15 years. Changes were primarily influenced by parents, stakeholders, teachers and educationists’ suggestions. The noteworthy inclusions were Modi’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, demonetisation, history of Maharana Pratap and tenets of ancient Indian philosophies. “There were topics that needed to be included in the books and waiting for a new policy would have been too late. One revision was done to take care of the immediate changes, but the major revision will happen with the latest exercise,” confirmed a senior government official. The government is currently scanning the education policy drafted by a committee headed by K Kasturirangan, former ISRO chief.
NCERT in the Learning Environment
The books are composed after voracious research performed to provide genuine and updated information to students. The books are dispersed among students at primary and secondary levels under CBSE board. Although NCERT books discourage rote learning, experts believe with the current syllabus, children fail to develop useful life skills. According to Hrushikesh Senapaty, Director of NCERT, the books will incorporate critical thinking, problem-solving and interpersonal skills through new lessons and practice modules. Once implemented, the books will promote an analysis-based and constructivist mode of learning.