- One aspect of this transformation is the inclusion of the pre-primary section within the purview of school education for the first time.
In response to the National Education Policy 2020’s directive for a transformative shift in school education, Maharashtra has established a comprehensive 16-member steering committee.
This committee is tasked with the task of reshaping the educational landscape in alignment with the new framework, transitioning from the conventional 10+2 system to the innovative 5+3+3+4 model. One aspect of this transformation is the inclusion of the pre-primary section within the purview of school education for the first time.
With a vision to initiate the implementation of these policy changes in the forthcoming academic year, 2024-25, the committee is vested with the responsibility of devising a well-thought-out roadmap. Collaboration with other committees, representing diverse domains such as education, child psychology, sports, and culture, is imperative for a holistic approach.
The minister of school education will lead this steering committee, comprising not only government officials but also domain experts.
The deliberate inclusion of both government and private school representatives ensures a comprehensive perspective, encompassing all facets of the impending school education transformation.
Concurrently, the State Council for Educational Research and Training (SCERT) has already commenced the process of revamping the syllabus for the initial five years of school education, notably integrating the pre-primary sections.
Furthermore, additional committees are anticipated to be established to address various aspects of the National Education Policy’s recommendations for school education.
The steering committee’s primary role will be to coordinate with these subsidiary committees while benefiting from expert insights, particularly in the realm of child psychology. A school education department official from Mantralaya emphasised the importance of this collaborative effort.
Earlier this month, a significant meeting took place between the SCERT and Maharashtra’s school education minister, Deepak Kesarkar, along with other officials from the education department. During this meeting, the SCERT Committee was formed with a specific focus on adapting and customising the implementation of the National Curriculum Framework (NCF) to local needs and conditions.