In India, students under the age of 16 who are going back to school this month will notice some significant changes to their curriculum. the Indian education system has recently come under scrutiny for removing essential chapters on water conservation and air pollution.
India removes environmental topics from Syllabus
The decision to remove chapters related to water conservation and air pollution has raised concerns about the country's commitment to environmental education. These topics considered vital to fostering sustainable practices and addressing pressing global challenges, have been deemed irrelevant and removed from the syllabus, Nature has reported.
The changes affect an estimated 134 million students aged 11-18 who attend Indian schools. The National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT), which is responsible for developing the curriculum and textbooks, recently released the updated textbooks for the academic year beginning in May, providing a clearer understanding of the scope of these modifications.
Educators and researchers have expressed dismay and dismay at the removal of these chapters. The study of water conservation and air pollution is crucial to developing an understanding of environmental challenges and fostering responsible resource management.
Experts, including Jonathan Osborne of Stanford University, have emphasized the importance of these issues. They argue that evolution is a fundamental concept in biology, and removing it from the curriculum makes it difficult for students to fully understand the subject.
India's National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has made changes to the curriculum were reportedly based on factors such as content overlap, difficulty level, and relevance, with the intention of promoting experiential learning and creativity.
Originally introduced as a temporary measure in response to the challenges posed by online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, the recent textbook release indicates that these amendments will remain in effect for the next two academic years, aligning with education policy. India's revised version approved in July 2020.
The removal of the chapters on water conservation and air pollution from the Indian curriculum has sparked a heated debate among educators, researchers, and the scientific community.
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