Dharmendra Pradhan releases National Curriculum Framework Mandate Document

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ABHAY ANAND
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Updated on Apr 29, 2022 15:49 IST

Education minister urged to create an app-based process to enable suggestions for the NCF from every citizen of our country

Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan today released the ‘Mandate Document: Guidelines for the Development of the National Curriculum Framework (NCF)’ at the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru.

Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that the National Education Policy 2020 is the ‘Philosophy’, National Curriculum Framework is the ‘Pathway’ and the mandate document released today is the ‘Constitution’ to champion the changing demands of the 21st century and positively impact the future. He further said that the mandate document will bring about a paradigm shift with focus on holistic development of children, emphasis on skilling, vital role of teachers, learning in mother tongue, cultural rootedness. It is also a step towards decolonization of the Indian education system, he added.

Pradhan suggested creating an app-based process to enable suggestions for the NCF from every citizen of our country.

As per a release issued by Education Ministry, central to the implementation of the transformative National Education Policy 2020 is the new National Curriculum Framework (NCF) which will empower and enable outstanding teaching and learning in the country, by converting the vision of the NEP 2020 into reality in our schools and classrooms.

The development of the NCF is being guided by the National Steering Committee (NSC), chaired by Dr K Kasturirangan, supported by the Mandate Group, along with the National Council for Education Research and Training (NCERT). The NCF includes the National Curriculum Framework for School Education (NCFSE), the National Curriculum Framework for Early Childhood Care & Education (NCFECCE), the National Curriculum Framework for Teacher Education (NCFTE), and the National Curriculum Framework for Adult Education (NCFAE).

Some of the important characteristics of the National Curriculum Framework, as envisioned in the Mandate Document to achieve these goals are:

It delineates the process of the development and the characteristics of the NCF

It provides clear and specific anchors for the NCF to the vision, principles, and approach of NEP 2020

It sets the mechanisms for the development of a coherent and comprehensive NCF, fully leveraging the widespread consultations already under way

The process designed ensures the seamless integration imagined - vertically (across Stages) and horizontally (across subjects in the same Stage) in the NEP 2020 – to ensure holistic, integrated, and multi-disciplinary education

It enables the critical linkage between the curriculum of schools with the curriculum of Teacher Education as an integral part of the transformative reforms envisioned by the NEP 2020 in the overall Teacher Education sector, thus enabling rigorous preparation, continuous professional development, and a positive working environment for all our teachers.

It informs the creation of opportunities for life-long learning for all citizens in the country

Directly ‘useable by’ and ‘relatable to’ the most important stakeholders in education - teachers, students, parents, and communities across the country – to enable and empower, change and improve the reality of education practice.

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ABHAY ANAND
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Abhay an alumnus of IIMC and Delhi University, has over a decade long experience of reporting on various beats of journalism. During his free time he prefers listening to music or play indoor and outdoor games.

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