The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) recently announced the formation of a 19-member committee responsible for aligning school syllabus, textbooks, teaching materials, and learning resources with the National Curriculum Framework (NCF). The committee’s mandate covers classes 3 to 12, and it will also aim to ensure a seamless transition from classes 1 and 2 to subsequent grades.
The 19-member committee comprises of experts from various domains, including distinguished professor and Fields Medallist Manjul Bhargava, Economist and Chairman of Economic Advisory Council to PM Bibek Debroy, philanthropist Sudha Murty, among others. The committee will be headed by National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA) Chancellor MC Pant.
- Launch of special textbooks for tribal students: Union Minister of Education and Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Dharmendra Pradhan and Union Minister for Finance & Corporate Affairs Nirmala Sitharaman recently launched Kuwi and Desia books at an event in Bhubaneswar for children who speak in these tribal languages in state. While addressing the gathering, the Education Minister mentioned that there are over 62 tribes covering 23% of the total population of Odisha, and hence, it becomes necessary to teach students with the help of pictures, stories and songs based on their local culture in order to improve their speaking skills, learning outcomes and cognitive development.
- Launch of reading campaign at national level: Room to Read India launched its annual flagship campaign, #IndiaGetsReading, spanning 12 states across the nation. Bringing together children, parents, caregivers, educators, government representatives, corporates and volunteers on a national and state level, the campaign aims to ignite a reading movement across India through dedicated reading moments with children, reading festivals, seminars, on-the-go mobile libraries, etc.
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