Centre mulls curriculum censorship, NCERT seeks proposals from states
Thrissur: The central government has initiated action to implement censorship of school curriculum prepared by the states. With this, the centre will have rights to omit some portions in the curriculum and add a new portion.
The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has demanded that the states submit their proposals on the curriculum. NCERT is giving such a direction for the first time.
Earlier, states were asked to prepare the curriculum based on the outline prepared by the centre.
Meanwhile, the draft submitted by the states will be considered while preparing the national curriculum. But the centre will have the right to remove some part and add a new portion to the proposed curriculum. Once, the centre makes changes, the states will not be able to make any more changes in the curriculum.
Till date, the central government used to avoid intervening in the curriculum prepared by the states as per the proposed national outline. But with the new policy, the states have to inform the centre about the curriculum before preparing it.
Hence, it is not clear whether the centre will favour the interests of the states by giving regional importance to topics related to culture, science and history in the curriculum.
Education is listed in the concurrent list which gives power to both union and the state to make laws. But the centre will decide the matters relating to policy. States should execute it without failure.
The central government is planning to execute the curriculum censorship by 2023.
Kerala opposes decision
NCERT director explained the changes in curriculum reformation in a meeting with directors of SCERTs in all states.
During the virtual meet, Kerala revealed its disagreement towards the new scheme. Kerala SCERT representative argued that it will tarnish the democratic nature of education and curtail the rights of states.
Kerala has taken a stance that the new move of the centre will destroy democracy and constitutional values. Meanwhile, West Bengal boycotted the meeting. Other states didn’t express their opinion.
4 sectors, 25 papers
The states are asked to submit their proposals on four sectors including School education, pre-primary education, teaching education and informal learning. 25 concept papers should be submitted.
Philosophy, India’s knowledge respiratory, Value education, humanities, science, mathematics and vocational education are included in it.
Current curriculum system
The present curriculum in the state is prepared in 2007 as per the national curriculum outline made in 2005. In 2013, the state revised the curriculum. But no changes were made deviating from the national outline.
The curriculum was prepared twice to suit the state.
Though the state was planning to revise the curriculum, the new directions from the centre interrupted it.