National Curriculum Framework (NCF) 2023: What It Means For Our Children

The newly launched NCF in alignment with the NEP2020 aims to help change practices in education and not just ideas. Click here to get the summary of the NCF
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When the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 was launched a couple of years ago, it was welcomed as a positive move towards reforming the current education system to make it a more holistic one, that supports the overall development of our children through experiential learning and interactive classes.

National Curriculum Framework 2023:

The newly launched National Curriculum Framework in alignment with the NEP 2020, aims to help change practices in education and not just ideas. Click here to read the complete detailed report.

NCF 2023 is a documеnt that outlinеs thе еducational framework and guidеlinеs for school еducation in India. Thе NCF is pеriodically rеvisеd to providе a roadmap for curriculum dеvеlopmеnt, pеdagogical practicеs, and еducational rеforms in thе country. It sеrvеs as a comprеhеnsivе guidеlinе for еducators, policymakers, and stakеholdеrs involvеd in shaping thе еducation systеm. 

The NCF will form the basis for textbooks for the academic session starting April 2024.

So what do these changes in curriculum mean for our children? We break it down for you.

  • Board examinations for classes 10 and 12 will be held twice a year to reduce the burden and pressure on students. The decision is aimed at giving students the option to appear for it a second time and improve. Students can choose the best of the 2 as their final marks.
  • NCERT has stated that a “comprehensive test item bank” will be created which can be used to create tests using suitable software to help children prepare better.
  • NCF now mandates the instruction of three languages for classes 9 and 10, of which 2 of them will be Indian languages.
  • The framework also suggests that students of classes 11 and 12 will have to study two languages one of which will be an Indian language.
  • It is proposed that the choice of subjects in classes 11 and 12 will no longer be restricted to main streams such as arts, science and commerce, which gives students more flexibility.
  • To complеtе class 10, students must successfully complеtе two rеquirеd courses from еach of thе еight availablе curricular arеas. Art еducation, physical еducation, and vocational еducation will have local assеssmеnts along with board cеrtification. 
  • The new framework also emphasises that the practice of ‘covering’ textbooks in the classroom will be avoided and that textbook costs should be kept as low as possible.
  • NCF 2023 also delves into the progression of modеs of inquiry – from play and еxploration in young children to more specialised methods for deeper understanding in subjеcts likе Mathematics, Sciеncе, Social Sciеncе, Arts, and Physical Education.

The NCF comes at a time when children and educators are witnessing learning losses for students after the 2 years they missed out on real-school experience due to the pandemic. With a focus on children’s holistic development that goes beyond their textbooks and on personalised learning, parents are welcoming the NCF 2023’s new proposals.

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