NCERT: According to Education Ministry officials, new NCERT textbooks updated in accordance with the new National Education Policy (NEP) are likely to be implemented in schools starting with the 2024–25 academic year. The National Curriculum Framework will be followed in developing the textbooks (NCF). “It’s anticipated that the new textbooks will be available for the school year 2024–2025. Although it is a challenging goal, we are pursuing it. The textbooks will be updated in accordance with the new NCF, on which work is already in progress. It takes a lot of work to create textbooks, a senior MoE official told PTO.
COVID-19 has shown that there is a need for digital learning
Every textbook produced by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) in accordance with the updated NCF will also be accessible online. All of the new textbooks will be concurrently made available digitally so that anyone may download them because COVID-19 has shown us that there is a need for digital learning. The official said an institutional framework will be created to ensure that the textbooks are updated on a regular basis because they shouldn’t be “static.” The Center had appointed former Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) Chairman K Kasturirangan as the chairman of a 12-member steering committee in 2020 to begin the process of revising school textbooks. The committee’s task was to create a new National Curriculum Framework (NCF). The NCFs for Early Childhood Care and Education (NCFECCE), School Education (NCFSE), Teacher Education (NCFTE), and Adult Education (NCFTE) are the four NCFs that are currently being prepared (NCFAE).
All 50 states and the Union Territories had first prepared their State Curriculum Frameworks
The senior official went into detail about the procedure, stating that all 50 states and the Union Territories had first prepared their State Curriculum Frameworks (SCFs), which had been developed after district-level consultations, a mobile app survey, and the development of position papers by state focus groups in 25 areas or themes identified in the NEP, 2020, including ECCE, Teacher Education, and Adult Education.
Ministry of Education launched the NCF
“Four NCFs are being prepared using information from these position papers and draught SCFs. Draft NCFs will be shared with the states and UTs for their feedback after being translated into the 22 languages listed in the eighth schedule of the Constitution. After taking into account their suggestions, the NCFs will be given their final form and presented to the Ministry of Education for approval. “The documents will be distributed to the states for revision of the draught SCFs as well as for implementation after approval,” he continued. The Ministry of Education launched the NCF for the foundational stage (FS) last year, and in accordance with the curriculum framework, the NCERT has created and gathered the learning-teaching material (LTM).