Preschool children should learn in mother tongue: NCERT curriculum

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News:The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has released the first-ever preschool curriculum.

Facts:

Why was the curriculum released?

  • The draft National Education Policy has recommended that the Right to Education Act be extended to students in the three years of preschool before Class I.
  • It has also proposed that the NCERT develop a curricular and pedagogical framework for early childhood education.

About the curriculum:

  • The curriculum is aimed at all pre-school education defined as the education of 3 to 6-year-olds whether at anganwadis, nursery schools, kindergartens, playschools or Montessori schools.
  • The curriculum recommends that Children between the ages of three¬† and six years should be taught in their own mother tongues
  • Also,the focus on learning should be through play instead of being subjected to rote learning, tests and examinations.

Additional information:

About NCERT:

  • The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) is an autonomous organisation set up in 1961 by the Government of India.
  • It aims to assist and advise the Central and State Governments on policies and programmes for qualitative improvement in school education. 
  • The major objectives of NCERT are to (a)undertake, promote and coordinate research in areas related to school education (bjprepare and publish model textbooks among others.