Government has accorded permission to the Director of State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) on Tuesday to go ahead with the revision of curriculum for the academic years 2013-14 and 2014-15. According to sources, new syllabus will be introduced for classes 4,5,8 and 9 from next year and a total revision of curriculum for the all important class X from 2014. Government has also given its nod for adoption of NCERT syllabus on most of the counts and Capacity Building of Teachers.
SCERT intends to put more focus on fundamentals in science subjects and including new topics like Human Rights in Social Studies to make the state students compete on par with students of other states and Boards in the national level exams.
SCERT has taken up development of State Curriculum Frame Work based on National Curriculum Frame Work 2005 (NCF), RTE and National Curriculum Frame Work for Teacher Education-2010. As part of development of State Curriculum Frame Work eighteen (18) focused groups have been formulated and developed 18 position papers. All of them were placed on the website for public scrutiny and comments. An Action Plan was prepared based on the position papers and comments and submitted before state level advisory committee and the government for approval.
Syllabus and learning material such as teacher handbooks and workbooks for children for the co-curricular areas like Art and Craft, Music and Dance, Ethics and Value Education, Work Education, Health and Physical Education, Human Rights etc will also be developed as per the Action plan.
SCERT will ask NCERT for the copy right permission for adopting the textbooks of Mathematics, Science, English pertaining to class VIII to X and 1st Language Hindi Textbooks for classes IV, V and VIII to X as per the terms and conditions of NCERT. The NCERT textbooks are for adaption duly contextualizing the textbooks to the AP situation with improved examples, activities, exercise and illustrations, Seshukumari, Director of SCERT said.
It was also decided to take the help of some national level institutions and individuals as well depending upon the subject, topic and additional authentic information. text book development workshops will also be conducted at the expert institutions in order to use the available library and documentation resources including orientation of textbook writers, she said. Subject specific Editorial Boards, involving state and national level experts, who will be final authority for approving the revised textbooks, will be constituted soon.
Curriculum of Teacher Education courses i.e., Diploma in Education (D.Ed.) , Pandit Courses will be revised. Director of Andhra Pradesh State Higher Education Council was directed to prepare a plan for changes in B.Ed. and M.Ed. curriculum reflecting the RTE Act and state curriculum reforms in school education, sources said.