The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) is making efforts to incorporate yoga and issues like child abuse, drugs and third gender sensitisation in the school curriculum under the adolescence education programme (AEP), said BL Tripathi, director, NCERT, on Thursday.
He was in the city to attend a two-day workshop on ‘Adolescent teachings status and challenges’, organised at the Government Regional Education Institute. AEP is an initiative that prepares and empowers young people and develops skills to enable them to respond to real life situations in a positive and responsible way, said Tripathi.
He admitted that the framework of adolescence education introduced in 1990s requires changes. Agreeing to the facts that mobile and junk available on internet were affecting students, Tripathi said, “Looking into such changes NCERT has reframed the programme in 2013. The AEP is running successfully in Kendriya Vidyalayas, Jawahar Lal Nehru and CBSE schools.”
The NCERT has not yet decided to make Sanskrit as compulsory subject in schools. “We have no plan as such to enforce Sanskrit as a compulsory subject in schools. The present three language learning formula will continue in the country unless a guideline to incorporate such a change is communicated to them from the HRD ministry,” Tripathi said.
“Making Sanskrit as a compulsory subject in classes is an issue of the state government and the education board,” he added.