NCERT plans national curriculum across India for pre-schools- Playing his parental role in Indian Education sector, National Council Of Educational Research And Training (NCRT) has decided to work on finalizing a national curriculum for pre-schools across the country. Schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education, Kendriya Vidyalayas and Navodya Vidyalayas follow the curriculum prepared by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT).
An officials said “Work on preparing the curriculum is under way and is likely to be introduced from 2018-19.”
However in the country there is no clear policy about pre-schools and most of them are private. A large number of pre schools in rural areas are private funded. In these pre schools there are no standards for any curriculum as well as quality of teaching provided by teachers. Schools follow their own criteria and curriculum.
Pre-schools don’t fall under the Right to Education Act and it applies to only children between 6 to 14 years studying from Class 1 to 8. However, earlier a proposal was made to bring pre-schools under the Right to Education Act.
A senior NCERT official said “NCERT has five pre-school centers and they are already preparing curriculum and the prepared content would also useful for the teachers. Many pre-schools are promoting rote-learning to the student of class 1, which is harmful to the overall development of the student. “
An Official said that the material will be prepared for two years because most students studied for this period before entering the class 1. The prepared curriculum will also explain the teachers that how students should be taught in his/her early age.
“The pre-school centres are conducting researches on how much should students be taught at such a young age. What impact it has on their overall development and growth and whether techniques should be vary for different students. The cognitive and emotional aspects also have to be taken into account,” added the official.
Dr Hrushikesh Senapaty, Director-NCERT said he worked hard on some cases and come out with solutions. He is preparing material on curriculum as well as techniques on teaching methods. He also said “We are working on a model framework for the pre-school education in the country.”
A senior NCERT official said, “Most of these schools are running privately and we will have a meeting with them so that they can use the least as a model course of the curriculum and to meet the demand, they will be free to make changes.”