HRD Ministry to review school education; tabs to be provided in class, flexible timetables being planned

first_imgIn order to help children get rid of school bag burden, the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry Prakash Javadekar chaired a meeting organised to review school education. Proposals such as bringing out textbooks in two volumes, following a flexible timetable and starting a pilot project to provide tablets in classrooms is being considered by the government.Final decision awaitedAs per HT report, the official said, “A number of suggestions were given to reduce the burden of schools bags, which is also a long-standing demand of parents and students. All the suggestions will be considered by the ministry and a final decision will be taken soon.”Sources further said the move will impact government as well as private schools.(Read: CBSE will scrap marks moderation policy for Class 12 only if state boards agree)”The minister is quite concerned about the issue and a number of suggestions were also given by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) such as asking schools to follow a flexible timetable, installing RO for water so that students do not have to carry water bottles and allowing students to wear sports shoes to school as they have to carry it separately for games period,” he said. “This plan is at a preliminary stage and requires more discussion. All stakeholders will be consulted before a decision is taken regarding books,” the official added.On the basis of a report which the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) will prepare, a final decision on the ones to be adopted will be taken by the ministry.advertisementCirculars are being issued to schools on a regular basis by the CBSE in which they are asked to make sure that students up to class 2 are not required to bring school bags. The number of textbooks to be carried by students till class 8 is also now restricted.Read: UP government school textbooks to be available online for free, audiobook option available for visually impaired Read: Textbooks shouldn’t be used as ‘ideological battleground’ for any political point-scoring: Manish Sisodialast_img read more