SCERT Unveils New Syllabus and Academic Calendar for 2023-24 Session, Focusing on Competency-Based Learning
Srinagar, April 11: The State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) in Jammu and Kashmir has rolled out a comprehensive “Syllabus cum Academic Calendar” for the upcoming academic session 2023-24, covering the foundational stage and classes 1 to 8 in the schooling system.
This new syllabus marks a paradigm shift from traditional rote learning to competency-based and experiential learning, in accordance with the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 and guidelines issued by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), New Delhi.
The development of the new syllabus was the result of four months of rigorous efforts by a team of experts from NCERT and SCERT, who meticulously mapped the learning outcomes with the contents of the prescribed textbooks of the J&K Board of School Education. Notably, Jammu and Kashmir has become the first Union Territory in the country to create such a comprehensive document, outpacing other states and union territories.
Under the guidance of Professor Parikhshat Singh Manhas, Director of SCERT, and Fayaz Ahmad Fayaz, Joint Director of the Central Move Office, a team of academic officers and resource persons from the Assessment Cell of the Education Research Survey and Assessment (ERSA) division of SCERT worked tirelessly to develop the new syllabus.
The key focus of the new syllabus is to enhance the quality of education in Jammu and Kashmir by shifting from rote learning to competency-based and experiential learning. It is aligned with the NEP 2020, which emphasizes holistic development and equipping students with the skills and competencies needed for the challenges of the 21st century.
One of the notable features of the new syllabus is its emphasis on inclusive education. It provides teachers with the knowledge and skills to create an inclusive classroom environment, where all students, regardless of their abilities or disabilities, have equal opportunities to learn and succeed. The syllabus offers diverse material and non-material resources, such as tactile diagrams/maps, talking books, audio-visual materials, and Braille, to support inclusive education and cater to the needs of children with special needs (CWSN).
Fayaz Ahmad Fayaz, Joint Director, Central Move Office, stated, “The Learning Outcomes are a set of expected knowledge, skills, and values that students should acquire at the end of each class or level. These Learning Outcomes are designed to ensure that students have holistic development and are prepared for the challenges of the 21st century.”
He further added that the syllabus provides guidance on how to use resources effectively to support the learning needs of CWSN and ensure equal opportunities for their success.
The new syllabus and academic calendar are available in parts on the website of SCERT, making them easily accessible to teachers, students, and parents. It is hoped that the introduction of this new syllabus will improve the quality of education in Jammu and Kashmir, and equip students with the necessary skills and competencies for success in the 21st century.Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Subscribe us on Telegram and never miss a update!
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