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‘local Content To Stay Intact In New National Curriculum Framework’ | – Times of India

Guwahati: The new National Curriculum Framework (NCF) will not disrupt local flavour or content in the high school curriculum in Assam, despite NCF being a landmark move to bring uniformity in curriculum pan-India, officials said.
Officials involved in NCF preparation told TOI that 30% contents of social science and most of the contents in MIL subjects will be local so far as Class IX and X syllabus in state board-affiliated schools of the state are concerned. The NCF was published by Union education minister Dharmendra Pradhan in August.
“Within October first week, the State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) is planning to submit the NCF-based newly developed state curriculum before the education ministry — for Class III to XII,” SCERT director Nirada Devi told TOI, on Monday.
As and when learning outcomes and syllabus is released by NCERT at the national level next, SCERT will do the necessary modifications and add local flavours accordingly, she added.
According to sources, after NCERT publishes the new textbooks, likely by March next year, Assam may publish the revised textbooks in 2025. English, science and mathematics textbooks will be translated from NCERT with some local flavour so that students can find the references and examples as relevant, sources said.
According to the National Curriculum Framework for School Education 2023, for developing literary skills, students must be introduced to and given adequate exposure to different genres of literature. Among other aspects, it said the content should also have a diversity of experiences from writers from all walks of life. In Assamese literature, the NCF document cited examples of stories like Koni Jun, and works of Krishna Kanta Handique and Jyoti Prasad Agarwala.
For eliciting appreciation of linguistic heritage and diversity, it noted the story of Bir Lachit Borphukan and underlined the freedom struggle of local Assamese people and the poetry of Shankardev who has written about the culture of Assamese people.
For art and sports integration in the learning of languages, the NCF underlined about festivals in the state and various dance and art forms linked to the festivals.
“In geography, history, economics and politics portions of social science, Assam will be focused. In the name of national curriculum, state focus won’t become weak. Because in school curriculums, most of the controversies revolve around social science,” the source added.
Subject-wise, the entire contents, to be taught in Assam, has been sent to the ministry with 30% “local condition” in social science.

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