Schools will have a new framework starting next academic year as the Ministry of Education is all set to implement its expanded curriculum framework by the end of this year. The new curriculum will prioritize information related to India. The ministry claims it would help students better understand social issues at an early age.
During the ‘Startup India Innovation Week’, Anita Karwal, Secretary for School Education and Literacy, announced that the Ministry of Education is developing a new national curriculum framework. A committee headed by eminent scientist Dr. Kasturirangan is deeply considering this topic, she said.
“We are hopeful that we can introduce a ‘new and comprehensive national curriculum framework for school education’ by the end of this year,” Karwal said.
The curriculum is designed to incorporate scientific thinking in children. Karwal said: “Emphasis will be placed on developing mathematical thinking in children. But this does not mean that the emphasis will be solely on mathematical knowledge, but on the development of reasoning ability. In this regard, importance will be given to the elements related to the understanding of citizenship qualities in children, including the dimensions related to fundamental duties and rights, as well as to 21st century skills development.
Last year, the Ministry of Education had assembled a 12-member National Steering Committee chaired by senior scientist K Kasturirangan. The committee was given the responsibility of preparing a new curriculum design from school to higher education.
Underlining the importance of 21st century skills, Karwal said that in 2019 the Central Council for Secondary Education had integrated artificial intelligence (AI) with skills education for the first time and incorporated it into education. She said artificial intelligence should be used to solve societal areas and problems. The secretary of school education also mentioned the launch of the school innovation messenger program.
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