The school education system is going to change in the country.The Ministry of Education, Government of India will soon launch the National Curriculum Framework for School Education. The framework has been developed on the basis of the National Education Policy 2020 for classes 3 to 12. The motive behind introducing NCF is to help in the positive transformation of the Indian school education system as envisioned in the National Education Policy 2020.
According to sources, subject experts have been identified for preparing the revised books for classes 3 to 12 as per the National Education Framework 2023. Books on approximately 150 subjects will be published in school education from classes 3 to 12 and the first books for classes 3, 6 and 9 will be launched in the academic session 2024-25.
As per the NCF, school education will be in four stages- the Foundation Stage, the Preparatory Stage, the Middle Stage, and the Secondary.
According to the new framework, students between 3 years and 8 years of age will be covered in the foundation stage. Students of this age will not have to carry school bags. In Bal Vatika also known as Pre-School, children will study only with a few items consisting of 53 types of toys, posters, boards, building blocks and playing cards.
Students of the age group of 6 years to 8 years who have done their pre schooling will get direct admission in class 1. Foundation stage will be completed after class 2nd.
Students of 8 years to 11 years will be covered in the Preparatory stage. Students of this age group will now be taught three languages along with Mathematics. School education up to class 5 will be in Hindi language or regional language. The performance of students will be assessed twice; the first time in class 3 and the second time in class 5.
Students of 11 years to 14 years of age will be covered in this stage. Vocational exposure will be given to children up to class 8. In addition to language and science, basic studies of humanity, arts and social sciences will be given emphasis in this stage. The third evaluation will be conducted on completion of class 8. The assessment of Vocational Education would be carried out from class 9th.
Students of 14 years to 18 years will be covered in this stage. The education in Classes 9 to 12 will be provided through the semester system. Students will get two chances for attending board exams in a year. There will be a total of 64 papers from 9th to 12th eight papers in each semester.