13 August 2019 | Source: Oswaal Books Editorial Board
In a recent move, the national child rights protection agency has asked the ICSE council to switch to the curriculum prepared by the national or state education councils and revoke its own syllabus for classes I to VII as it is extremely difficult.
The child rights protection agency’s order mentions that the syllabus prescribed by the Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) is wider and tad bit difficult than the syllabus prescribed under the National Curriculum Framework (NCF) of 2005 and thus has not been endorsed by the National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) or State Commission for Educational Research and Training (SCERT).
As per the details mentioned in the order, the CISCE has disobeyed the Centre’s Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009. It has not complied by the council rules by following its own syllabus because the legislation makes it mandatory for all education boards to follow a syllabus that is prescribed by NCERT or the SCERT.
“…..The CISCE curriculum is much more at the pre-primary, primary and upper primary level than prescribed under NCF, 2005. … In no circumstances, NCERT endorses the curriculum developed by CISCE for their own…,” the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) order says.
“As you may be aware, the NCPCR is a statutory body formed under CPCR Act, 2005, to ensure that children enjoy their rights and look into matters related to children from child rights perspective,” the order says.
Section 29 of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009, states that the “curriculum and the evaluation procedure for elementary education shall be laid down by an academic authority to be specified by the appropriate Government by notification…”
The NCERT or the SCERT is the “academic authority” for prescribing school syllabus, an NCPCR official on said. The decision to ask the CISCE to “revoke” the syllabus has been taken after a detailed examination of the CISCE curriculum, Priyank Kanoongo, NCPCR chairperson said.
“An inquiry was held to examine the CISCE syllabus for classes I to VIII. The inquiry was held for 18 months. The commission took the decision on revoking the CISCE syllabus after examining the syllabus thoroughly,” Kanoongo told Metro from Delhi.