Published: 16th July 2022
National Curriculum Framework will be developed as per NEP: Centre to Delhi HC
In this regard, a comprehensive strategy document has been prepared jointly by the Ministry of Education (MoE) and NCERT
The Centre has told the Delhi High Court that a National Curricular Framework for School Education (NCFSE) will be developed as per the National Education Policy 2020 (NEP) and a comprehensive strategy document has been prepared in this regard by the Ministry of Education (MoE) and the National Council for Education Research and Training (NCERT).
The Central Government, in response to a petition seeking a common syllabus and curriculum in schools, said that under the NEP, the national framework will be made available in all regional languages and will be based on principles of the policy, frontline curriculum needs, deliberations with stakeholders, including state governments, ministries and expert bodies and that a National Steering Committee for its development has already been formed, as stated in a report by PTI.
It further added that the NCFSE shall be revisited and updated once every five to ten years, taking into account frontline curriculum and State Council of Educational Research & Training (SCERT) are to undertake the development of State Curriculum Framework by adoption/adaptation of the national framework.
The petitioner, lawyer Ashwini Kumar Upadhayay, filed a PIL earlier this year seeking a “uniform education system” having a common school syllabus and curriculum in the mother language while claiming that such a framework will not only remove disparity and discriminatory values but also enhance virtues and improve quality of life.
“Chapter four 'Curriculum and Pedagogy in Schools' of the "NEP 2020" under Para four. 30 'NCFSE' mentions that the formulation of a new and comprehensive NCFSE 2020-21, will be undertaken by the NCERT, based on the principles of NEP 2020, frontline curriculum needs and after discussions with all stakeholders, including State Governments, Ministries, relevant Departments of the Central Government and other expert bodies, and will be made available in all regional languages,” said the MoE in its affidavit dated July 14.
“Presently, as per the NEP 2020, the NCF will be developed. In this regard, a comprehensive strategy document has been prepared jointly by the Ministry of Education (MoE) and NCERT... On September 9, 2021 the MoE formed the National Steering Committee under the chairmanship of Dr K Kasturirangan for the development of National Curriculum Frameworks,” the affidavit, filed through Central Government lawyer Manish Mohan said.
The Centre, in the affidavit, also informed that its Samagra Shiksha scheme — which is an integrated scheme for school education — aims at providing quality education, bridging social and gender gaps in school education, ensuring equity and inclusion at all levels of school education as well as supports States in implementation of Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009.
Provisions have also been made in the scheme for textbooks to all children in government and local body schools including madrasas desirous of introducing the state curriculum, it stated.
The Ministry added that pursuant to another scheme for providing quality education in a madrassa, provisions were introduced to grant financial assistance to encourage traditional institutions like madrasas and maktabs to introduce modem education through subjects such as Science, Mathematics, Social Studies, Hindi and English in their curriculum.
It added that madrasas were required to obtain recognition as schools from the State government for availing any assistance under the scheme, which has now been transferred to the Ministry of Minority Affairs, and only those madrasas were considered for the grant which was affiliated to any recognised school education board — State Board of School Education, CBSE and so on.