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Education Ministry forms Committee for Development of National Curriculum Framework

  • Category
    Polity & Governance
  • Published
    28th Sep, 2021

Context

The Union education ministry constituted a 12-member national steering committee to develop the new national curriculum framework (NCF) in line with the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020.

The Union education ministry constituted a 12-member national steering committee to develop the new national curriculum framework (NCF) in line with the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020.

What is NCF?

  • The national curriculum framework (NCF) serves as a guideline for syllabus, textbooks, teaching and learning practices in the country. 
  • Currently, NCF 2005, fourth national curriculum framework is being followed in the country.
  • Its predecessors were published in 1975, 1988, 2000.

National steering committee

  • The Committee will be headed by K Kasturirangan who also headed the drafting committee of national education policy (NEP) 2020.
  • Tenure: 3 years.
  • The Director NCERT will assist the Steering Committee to complete its module.
  • The committee will develop four curriculum frameworks -- 
    • National curriculum framework for school education
    • National curriculum for early childhood care and education
    • National curriculum framework for teacher education
    • National curriculum framework for adult Education
  • All the National Curriculum Frameworks will also reflect upon the implications of situations such as COVID-19 Pandemic on respective areas for future.

National Education Policy 2020

  • India’s national education policy was revised after 34 years to meet the changing needs of Indian and international education standards.
  • The primary objective of NEP 2020 was to reduce undue focus on the Class 10 and Class 12 board exams.
  • NEP 2020 envisaged a system where schools and higher education institutes would allow students to pick and choose subjects based on their interests and aptitude.
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