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Good news for students! Govt to reduce NCERT syllabus, says HRD minister

While making the announcement on June 2, Javadekar had said the NCERT syllabus was so 'cramped' that the government had decided to reduce it by half

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Good news for students! Govt to reduce NCERT syllabus, says HRD minister

Union minister on Wednesday said the government decided to half the as he felt that the students were getting overburdened and consequently did not find time for extra-curricular activities.

The decision to cut half of the syllabus was announced by the Union last week.

"There is a huge load of books and information, and students have no time. There is no time for physical education, value and life skills.

"So, we decided to half the portion (syllabus). There is no need to teach them everything. Students should learn principles and rest of the knowledge they can gain later," Javadekar said.

The has received 37,000 suggestions from parents, teachers and educationists regarding the government's decision to lessen the burden of books, he said at an event marking the 10th foundation day of the Foundation for Restoration of National Values (FRNV) here.

While making the announcement on June 2, Javadekar had said the was so "cramped" that the government had decided to reduce it by half.

The minister said values cannot be inculcated among children unless they are provided to them at home and also suggested training for parents in this regard.

He lauded FRNV's initiative to integrate value in the school system in India and assured that the will work with it as a "partner".

FRNV chaired by 'Metro Man' E Sreedharan was founded in 2008.

On the occasion, Sreedharan said value is not being taught at state-run schools and asked the government to take steps for this.

"Value education is the primary step needed by the country. Emphasis on it in government schools is not sufficient. If government schools start it, other schools will also be encouraged to do so," he said.

FRNV is a non-political, non-profit and non-religious organisation aimed at restoring national values and nurturing ethics and integrity in all walks of life.

A journal based on value-based education was also released at the event organised at the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation's headquarters at Metro Bhawan.

First Published: Thu, June 07 2018. 10:12 IST