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National Curriculum Framework adopted by 50% states only

National Curriculum Framework adopted by 50% states only

Himanshi Dhawan, TNN May 15, 2013, 10.16PM IST

NEW DELHI: If you thought a class V or IX student was at the same learning level across the country, think again. A NCERT study reveals that only half the states have adopted the National Curriculum Framework (NCF) that has resulted in variations in number of working days, time allotted for teaching subjects like maths and science and evaluation of learning levels.
The number of working days for school children for instance varies from 160 days in Manipur to 253 in Bihar and Jharkhand while the number of periods teaching different subjects varies from 19 in Madhya Pradesh to 54 in Arunachal Pradesh and Haryana. Variations in teaching subjects like maths are even more stark. At a primary school level, students were taught math at a maximum of 12 periods in a week in Andhra Pradesh while only 5 classes were taken in Kerala, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Nagaland. At the secondary level, Odisha students had only four classes of maths wile Arunachal and Uttarakhand has a maximum of nine classes.
The study conducted by the NCERT reviewed the implementation of the NCF 2005 with focus on the structure of different school stages, approaches of teaching different subjects, time allotted for annual examination and mechanism for evaluation of curriculum.
For learner evaluation marks are used in 21 states and union territories and continuous and comprehensive evaluation (CCE) was followed in 17 states and UTs only.
The study also found that curriculum and textbooks developed by NCERT in light of the NCF was followed only in 15 states and UTs whereas 14 states and UTs had adapted the NCERT curriculum, syllabus and textbooks. The report said, There are lots of variations in implementation of the NCF-2005 in terms of structure, working hours, recess periods, teaching of different subjects, evaluation pattern at primary, upper primary and secondary stages in different states and UTs.''
The report suggests that states be provided with academic and financial support by the HRD ministry and NCERT to create a common structure of education in the first 10 years of schooling, an integrated approach to social science and science and a structured introduction of the CCE grading system.

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