National Curriculum Framework (NCF) is a body that is responsible to provide frameworks for the school syllabi, teaching methods and writing of the textbooks. The last framework that it gave out was in the year 2005. National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) is now set to bring reforms on the same after 15 long years. As per the modern changes in society, NCERT is leaning towards reviewing the NCF 2005 once the results of the general elections are out.

The review will be done by an expert committee which will be set up for the sole purpose of reviewing the NCF 2005. The NCF 2005 focussed on ‘learning without burden’. Before that, there were 3 more NCFs that were in the year 1975, 1988 and 2000.


If the review is done in 2019, this will be the longest gap till date between any 2 NCFs. It is expected the review will be a year-long process. Therefore it is expected that the next NCF will be in the year 2020. Hrushikesh Senapaty, director, NCERT quoted to a famous newspaper:

“Society needs a change and our focus will, therefore, be on experiential learning. This will further take forward the shift of focus of 15 years ago from teachers to the student to promote learning without a burden and to change the tendency to learning by rote.”

NCF 1975: This framework stated General Science as a compulsory subject, activity-based integrated science recommended up to class 10.

NCF 1988: This stated that the science curriculum must be learner-centered, develop well-defined abilities in cognitive, affective and psychomotor domains.

NCF 2000: This stated, Teaching if science and tech science in upper primary and secondary, part of environmental science in primary recommended.

NCF 2005: Focus on ‘learning without burden’ reduction in the syllabus for all classes including age-appropriate concepts.

It has been reported that NCERT has received more than 1 lakh suggestion for the review of NCF 2005 by the students, teachers, parents, intellectuals and members of civil society. Apart from this review, NCERT is also planning a huge training program for 42 lakh government elementary school teachers by December 2019.

The changes in NCF 2005 might bring changes in the textbooks, syllabus and the teaching process of the schools at the national level like CBSE based schools. This review is done keeping in mind the present problems, better solutions and new age learning process that keep up with the recent changes in the society and educational front. Therefore this is a huge step and an expert committee with experience in the various field will come together to exercise the review of NCF 2005.

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