NCERT to Revise Textbooks Annually for Continuous Improvement

Turning the Page: Revitalizing School Textbooks with Current Information


-Deva Narayan 

Time can bring about many changes, whether it be to the quality of an item or its validity itself. Such is the case with many educational texts as many new things are being discovered every day that can completely change the perception and knowledge of any subject. This new information coming to light can make some texts irrelevant and cause further misinformation down the line if the education of the next generation is based on outdated knowledge.

Such has been the case with the textbooks distributed by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), whose textbooks were written and produced many years ago, with some information being severely outdated and irrelevant to modern times. Efforts to update and revise the textbooks to hold them accurate to the present day were started in 2017, although held only periodically and for specific materials. This year, the Ministry of Education has formally requested that the NCERT start forming annual revisions for their textbooks going forward.

The textbooks should be analyzed for any outdated content and updated before the academic year begins as well, so students have access to the latest information relevant to their academic year. This change comes from the increasingly noticeable outdated information, some of which is so old that the new knowledge is a common standard. An example cited for this change was the increasing importance of Artificial Intelligence in our community. It hence must be properly taught to the upcoming generations of students accurately to improve the quality of education in India as a whole. The old knowledge presented in the NCERT textbooks is also used for the biggest competitive exams in our country, such as the JEE and the NEET. As the many careers are decided by these examinations, it is necessary that the subjects they ask on are relevant to the present day as well.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or policies of any organization or institution.

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