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National Curriculum Framework (NCF) Launched by Govt to Unlock the True Potential of NEP 2020

National Curriculum Framework (NCF) Launched by Govt to Unlock the True Potential of NEP 2020

7/11/2022

Prajakta Sakpal

School Owner

The National Education Policy (NEP) was introduced in 2020 to reform the Indian education system. There have been three national education policies prior to NEP 2020: National Policy on Education (NPE) 1968, NPE 1986 and NPE 1992 (modification of 1986). The new education policy was a need of the hour to adapt to the drastic changes happening in the world and especially in the employment sector.

What makes NEP 2020 stand out? It is the vision of holistic education and promoting the overall development of children that makes it different from the previous ones. By dividing the schooling years in 5+3+3+4 format, NEP 2020 ensures that a child’s learning starts from the age of 3 and continues up to the age of 18.

“The purpose of education is to replace an empty mind with an open one.” – Malcolm S. Forbes.

The National Curriculum Framework For Foundational Stage - The Key to Implement NEP 2020

National Curriculum Framework (NCF) is a major policy document that will bring the spirit of NEP alive and lead schools towards transforming the future of India. This document will be followed while making the new syllabus, selecting the textbooks and establishing new teaching practices.

 

NCF will be the torchbearer of the overhaul of the Indian Education System and will show positive changes by 2030. NEP principles will be implemented through NCF for each stage. The National Curriculum Framework for Early Childhood Care and Education (NCFECCE) is the one for the foundational stage (3-8 years). It was launched by Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on October 20, 2022.

In this article

What is the National Curriculum Framework 2022?

Goals of the National Curriculum Framework

Highlights of the National Curriculum Framework 2022

How are LEAD-powered Schools in tandem with the National Curriculum Framework 2022

What is the National Curriculum Framework 2022?

Out of the four stages advocated by NEP, the foundational stage is the most important one because it is the base for all other stages. Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) leaves a long-lasting impact on children’s minds and makes them more receptive. Therefore, it is crucial to develop frameworks that best suit children’s social, emotional and physical needs between 3-8 years and lead to their cognitive development.

The NCF for Early Childhood Care and Education is a step in that direction and aims to develop a lifelong love for learning in children. Taking cues from ancient Indian traditions, NCF will lead to  Panchakosha Vikas (five-fold development) in children. In fact, the entire curriculum is centred around the development of these sheaths:

  1. Physical Development (Sharirik Vikas)
  2. Development of Life Energy (Pranik Vikas)
  3. Emotional/Mental Development (Manasik Vikas) 
  4. Intellectual Development (Bauddhik Vikas)
  5. Spiritual Development (Chaitsik Vikas)

It is established that over 85% of an individual’s brain development occurs by age 6. Hence, the Panchakosha Vikas model will truly enhance children’s mindfulness.

Panchakosha Vikas Model

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Goals of the National Curriculum Framework

NCF is a well-researched and comprehensive document which has absolute clarity of its goals:

1. Providing early childhood care and education to all the children and initiating their holistic development.

2. Ensuring the overall development of children:

  • Physical and motor development
  • Cognitive development
  • Socio-emotional-ethical development
  • Cultural/artistic development
  • Development of communication and early language, literacy, and numeracy

3. Play-based learning is the core of the NCF.

All the approaches and methods mentioned in the NCF are collaborating towards achieving these goals, as their attainment will bring the required changes in primary education.

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Highlights of the National Curriculum Framework 2022

The NCF is a document that has mentioned the framework to be followed in excruciating detail. Everything has been elaborated on in the document, from the aims to be achieved to the methods to be followed. The following are the highlights which capture the main idea of NCF:

  • Children should be taught in their mother tongue. This will make their transition to schooling smooth and also increase their learning speed.
  • Building positive relationships between teachers and children will make them more ethical, moral and confident.
  • There is a four-block approach to be followed for emergent literacy. Hence, the focus should be on oral language development, word recognition, reading and writing.
  • The classroom environment should be positive, enabling the children to be their real selves.
  • The syllabus should be culturally rooted, more practical than theoretical and diverse with no social, cultural or gender stereotypes.
  • Follow theme-based, story-based and project-based approaches to organise the course content to enhance the child’s interest and engagement.
  • Adopt the tech boom and utilise audio-visual tools to teach concepts and provide digital infotainment to children.
  • To deviate the focus from rote learning, the usage of textbooks should be reduced—more and more use of worksheets and activity books to be followed.
  • Provide a healthy indoor and outdoor environment to children. For instance, running blackboards and art corners can amplify learning in indoor spaces, while the sand pits and kitchen gardens can do the same outdoors.

Successful implementation of the above ideas will bring the much-anticipated change in the education scenario of India.

“The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change.” – Carl R.  Rogers.

How Are LEAD-powered Schools in Tandem with the National Curriculum Framework 2022?

LEAD, India’s largest School EdTech company, offers various learning solutions that are completely in tandem with the NCF.  LEAD is on the winning side of the current technological game and is spearheading the campaign for the digitisation of education  through the following solutions:

  • Pre-primary Curriculum: It entails age-appropriate learning content, methods and tools that prepare children for higher learning. It is benchmarked with NEL Singapore and based on multi-modal learning to promote children’s holistic development through an integrated, theme-based learning approach.
  • International Education Curriculum: LEAD’s deeply researched and internationally benchmarked curriculum features the best practices of countries like the USA, Canada, and Singapore. It also perfectly amalgamates Indian learning practices introduced by the National Curriculum Framework 2022.
  • Digital Classroom Software: LEAD’s highly innovative digital classroom solutions are designed to stimulate children’s senses by utilising digital learning tools at their best. They are equipped with future-forward learning methods, such as smart classrooms, virtual labs, digital repositories, etc., to deliver students a flexible and engaging learning experience.
  • English Language and General Awareness (ELGA): ELGA is a unique skill-based programme that helps children learn English faster. It focuses on the five components of English: Writing and Speaking Expression, Whole Words, Phonics, Grammar, and Reading and Listening Comprehension.
  • Sampoorna Hindi: LEAD’s Sampoorna Hindi programme upholds both the cultural rootedness and multilingual concepts of the NCF as it leads to the holistic development of the Hindi language in children.

Conclusion

Quality Education, Learning without Burden and Decolonising the Indian Education System – these 3 perfectly capture the essence of the National Curriculum Framework. If you want your school to make the future generation smart, both intellectually and emotionally, then shake hands with LEAD to utilise cutting-edge EdTech solutions always to be one step ahead.

Article Summary

  • NEP 2020 is different from the previous education policies because of its focus on the holistic development of a child from 3-18 years.
  • The National Curriculum Framework 2022 for all four stages will implement the principles of the National Education Policy.
  • NCF will lay the base for the further stages, as 3-8 years are crucial for a child’s cognitive development.
  • Along with childhood care and overall development, play-based learning forms the objectives of the National Curriculum Framework 2022.
  • NCF highlights the need for a positive and active learning environment. This will be ensured by establishing healthy relationships between teachers and students, focusing more on practical knowledge and using digital tools.
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Prajakta Sakpal

Prajakta is a Content Marketing Manager at LEAD. She is an IIT Kanpur alumnus and has extensive experience in the ed-tech domain. She believes education is the premise of progress, for an individual, for a family, and for society.

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