State informs schools to clarify their syllabus

State informs schools to clarify their syllabus

6 September 2019 | Source: Oswaal Books Editorial Board

A recently issued circular by the education department states that all ICSE schools in West Bengal will be asked to clarify whether their syllabi for classes I to VIII conform to that of the National Education Council.

412 schools in the state will be issued a notification regarding the same.

Last month, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights had asked the ICSE council to “revoke” its syllabi for classes I to VIII and switch to the curriculum prepared by the national/state education council that is thought to be less taxing for students.

The child rights agency had asked all state governments to take necessary steps in this regard. So, the state school education department has decided to seek clarifications from the ICSE schools.

After having monitored the syllabi followed in some ICSE schools, officials have figured out that it does not comply with the national curriculum.

The NCPCR order had said that the ICSE council syllabi was not endorsed by the National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) or the State Commission for Educational Research and Training (SCERT).

The council had not complied with the right to education act by following its own syllabi as the act makes it a must for all education boards to follow the syllabi prescribed by the NCERT/SCERT, according to the order.

The decision of examining the syllabi has come after monitoring its curriculum.