New Delhi, June 4: The Government has decided to trim the syllabus of NCERT as it is too “cramped” right now, said media reports. Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar also said in Kolkata that the proposed amendment to the Right to Education (RTE) Act, which reviews the no-detention policy and empowers states to conduct examinations for Class 5 and 8 students, is expected to be tabled before Parliament in July. (Also read: UP Okays NCERT Textbooks For Madarsas)

Along with studies, a child needs physical education, life skills, and value education as “education is not just memorising and putting it down in answer sheet,” Javadekar said at a press conference recently. “Education is comprehensive, to put to use one’s cognitive and analytical abilities. That is true education… The NCERT syllabus is so cramped. Hence we have decided to reduce the syllabus by half,” the minister said. The ministry received 37,000 suggestions on classes, lessons and subjects from teachers and others, he said, reported PTI.

The idea was to give a child time for various activities, he said. Each centrally-aided school will get sports equipment, he said. Similarly, every centrally-aided school will be given a library grant of Rs 5,000 to Rs 20,000, he said. Javadekar said the amendment to the RTE Act would empower the states to conduct examinations for students of Class 5 and 8 and it was expected to be taken up before Parliament in July. “The Congress did not allow Parliament to function earlier and hence the draft could not be taken up so far. I am now hopeful it will come up before Parliament in the July session as all parties have supported the freedom given to respective states (to decide on detention issue),”  he said.

“While 25 states, including West Bengal, want the exams which I welcome… those who don’t want, I respect their freedom too. I hope any change in no-detention policy will be a reality by August and it will be left for the respective state,” he said. (With PTI inputs)