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Reduction on themes of democracy & diversity in the curriculum

The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) curriculum guidelines have remained unchanged for 14 years, so a review is truly welcome. All reports on achievement levels up to 2018 have laid bare a crisis in education hence a review is being considered. Around 70 percent of the pupils of class VIII, can read a Class II text and around 56 percent cannot do a simple division sum. The education till class VIII has been made free and universal. This shows that something is terribly wrong which needs to be checked.

With the introduction of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, infrastructure has improved in some places but it is still far from ideal. Factors such as teachers’ appointments, training, accountability, incentives and number of posts need to be reviewed urgently. The student’s enrolment from different segments of society has increased and the lessons should be designed that should not seem totally foreign to their experience.

A huge task which needs imaginative and dedicated engagement is training the teachers to not to show or communicate prejudice. The curriculum guidelines to be reviewed are an important first step. According to current wisdom, the ‘lighter’ syllabus will bring in, value education.

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