Academics to focus on teaching life skills to students, says Javadekar

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 08 Jun 2018 09:16:00


 

NEW DELHI,

“There is no dearth of educated illiterates in our country... Where is the teaching of life skills and creative thinking?”said Prakash Javadekar

NOT just academics, the emphasis in coming years will be on teaching young students life skills and “experiential learning” in schools, Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Wednesday.


Attending the 10th Foundation Day of the Foundation for Restoration of National Values (FRNV)-- a Non-Governmental organisation -- here, the Minister said that books were not sufficient to make good citizens and that it was also family’s responsibility to instil civic sense among the children.


“There is no dearth of educated illiterates in our country... Where is the teaching of life skills and creative thinking?” the HRD Minister said.
He said when the Ministry sought to know of the reasons behind this learning gap, it found that children were already overburdened with the syllabus and had no time for anything else.


“To correct that the Government has decided to halve the syllabus.”
“We will halve the syllabus in the coming year and the year next to that.
We have already received 37,000 suggestions from parents, teachers and other experts on it. We are preparing a curriculum which will include value-based education, experiential learning and life skills education,” Javadekar said.


FRNV President E. Sreedharan pointed out that except few missionary-run schools, “80 per cent of the Government schools do not have anything like a ‘model education’”.
“We have requested the Government to prepare a syllabus so that children are exposed to the values of this country for at least an hour or two in schools,” said Sreedharan, who is currently the Principal Advisor to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation and is also known as the “Metro Man”.


Govt decides to reduce NCERT syllabus : HRD Minister

NEW DELHI,

UNION Minister Prakash Javadekar on Wednesday said the Government decided to half the NCERT syllabus as students did not find time for other activities as they were overburdened.


The decision to half the syllabus was announced by the Union HRD Minister last week.
“There is a huge load of books and information, and students have no time.


There is no time for physical education, value education and life skills. “So, we decided to half the portion (syllabus). There is no need to teach them everything. Students should learn principles and rest of the knowledge they can gain later,” Javadekar said.


The HRD Ministry has received 37,000 suggestions from parents, teachers and educationists regarding the Government’s decision to lessen the burden of books, he said at an event marking the 10th foundation day of the Foundation for Restoration of National Values (FRNV) here.