'New curriculum for grades 3-6 from 2024-25'

The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) will release a new syllabus and textbooks for Classes 3 and 6 while there will be no change in the curriculum and textbooks for other grades for the academic year 2024-25 commencing from April 1, according to CBSE officials. The NCERT has informed the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) that the new syllabi and textbooks for classes 3 and 6 are currently under development and will be released soon, the CBSE said in a communication sent to affiliated schools.

“Consequently, schools are advised to follow these new syllabi and textbooks for classes 3 and 6 in place of textbooks published by NCERT till the year 2023,” said Joseph Emmanuel, Director (Academics), CBSE.

“Additionally, a bridge course for class 6, and concise guidelines for class 3 are being developed by the NCERT for facilitating a seamless transition for students to new pedagogical practices and areas of study aligned with new curriculum framework, 2023. These resources will be disseminated to all the schools online once they are received from the NCERT.

“The Board will also organize capacity-building programs for school heads and teachers to orient them with the new teaching learning perspectives as envisioned in NEP-2020 (New Education Policy),” he added in the letter.

In a revision of the National Curriculum Framework (NCF) after 18 years, the Ministry of Education had last year notified the changes. The NCF had undergone four revisions in the past — in 1975, 1988, 2000, and 2005.

The council is in process of preparing new school textbooks in line with the new National Curriculum Framework for School Education (NCF-SE) 2023 as a part of the implementation of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020.

“The CBSE provides the annual curriculum for classes 9 to 12 containing academic content, syllabus for examinations with learning outcomes, pedagogical practices, and assessment guidelines. It is imperative for schools to ensure adherence to the curriculum directives outlined in the initial pages of the curriculum document.

“There will be no change in the Curriculum and textbooks for other classes for the academic year 2024-25 commencing from April 1, 2024,” he said.

The board has also advised the schools to follow the NCF-SE recommendations and incorporate methodologies such as Multilingualism, Art-Integrated Education, Experiential Learning, and Pedagogical Plans, wherever feasible.

“Schools are advised to align their practices with the recommendations delineated in NCF-SE-2023. This includes adherence to guidelines concerning content, pedagogical strategies, assessment methodologies, and other pertinent areas as communicated by the Board from time to time,” the CBSE further said in the letter.

The NCF for the foundational stage (FS) was launched by the Ministry of Education in 2022, and according to the curriculum framework, the NCERT developed and collected the learning-teaching material (LTM).

Toys, puzzles, puppetry, posters, flash cards, worksheets and attractive storybooks are part of the “Jaadui Pitara” launched by the Ministry of Education for learning at the foundational stage.

In 2022, the NCERT had rationalised the syllabi of classes 6 to 12 to “reduce the content load” on students in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Among the changes, reflected in new textbooks published last year, the council had removed chapters on Mughal courts, 2002 Gujarat riots, cold war, references of Mughal emperors, and Emergency and periodic table.

While the council maintained there was no selective omission of topics, the rationalisation exercise had created a political controversy with leaders from opposition parties alleging the ruling dispensation was “erasing history”.

William Murphy

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