New Delhi :- The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has opposed a PIL filed in Delhi High Court seeking introduction of a common syllabus and curriculum for children across the country. CBSE has claimed that the uniform syllabus does not take into account the “local context, culture and language”.
“There is a national framework with flexibility for the emphasis on local resources, culture and ethos. A child can better relate to a curriculum that is more closely related to his/her life outside the school. Therefore, the multiplicity of curricula and other educational resources is desirable in addition to a core common element,” CBSE said.
The National Council for Education Research and Training (NCERT) has been notified as the academic authority for preparing the framework of the national curriculum by the Central government, under the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act.
CBSE also said that state governments have notified state institutes in school education to prepare a framework of appropriate curriculum under the act. These institutes are State Council of Education Research and Training (SCERT) or State Institute of Education (SIE)
“The NCERT develops the National Curriculum Framework based on the recommendations given by the National Policy on Education (NEP),” said CBSE. The NCERT also develops model syllabi and textbooks on school subjects across different stages of schooling. It keeps in view the core concerns like gender, value education, inclusive education and more.
Majority of the schools are under the state government’s jurisdiction therefore it is for the concerned state or union territory government to frame syllabus curriculum and conduct exams.
According to the plea students don’t get equal opportunity in the spirit of Articles 14 to 16 of the constitution. The existence of sections 1 (4) and 1 (5) of the RTE Act and absence of a common curriculum in mother language leads to fostering and perpetuation of ignorance and delays the attainment of fundamental duties.
The plea challenged provisions under RTE Act which excludes madrasas, vedic pathshalas and educational institutions imparting religious knowledge.
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