In a move aimed at reducing the content load and addressing the evolving needs of students, the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has initiated a process of rationalising textbooks. This need-based exercise acknowledges the transitional phase in education and aligns with the development of the National Curriculum Framework for School Education (NCF-SE) based on the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020.
NCERT is making changes to textbooks to make learning easier for students. They want to streamline the curriculum and create a balanced learning experience. They are reducing the amount of content so that students can understand the concepts better and think critically. They are removing some chapters and discussions, like the periodic table and evolution, to give students more time to focus on important topics. These changes will only be for the academic year 2023-24 because NCERT is working on a new curriculum based on the NEP 2020. The new curriculum will come with new textbooks next year. These changes are temporary and will lead to a better education system with updated books that help students learn and understand more effectively.
NCERT understands that students’ mental health is important, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic. They want to make things easier for students by simplifying the curriculum. This way, students can concentrate on important ideas and understand subjects better. The goal is to encourage a scientific mindset and give students education that is relevant worldwide, covering all subjects, including Science.
NCERT is aligning the rationalisation of textbooks with the NEP 2020. The NEP aims to create a well-rounded and flexible education system that encourages critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving skills. The changes in textbooks will support this vision, allowing students to explore and understand subjects in a more comprehensive and meaningful way.