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