The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) would seek to provide a balanced viewpoint of all genders in the newly revised National Curriculum Framework (NCF) and its textbooks.
According to a parliamentary committee, they had previously recommended NCERT to conduct a thorough analysis from the perspective of gender bias and stereotypes to address the under-representation of girls and women in school textbooks or their portrayal in only traditional roles. The panel also advised that efforts should be put in to make content portrayal and visual depiction gender inclusive.
What Does The Committee Report Say?
Further, on Monday, the report of the Reforms in Content and Design of School Text Books Committee on the response given by the government to its observations and suggestions was presented in Parliament.
The report stated that the committee had been informed that the NCERT has taken cognisance of all the issues augmented by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Education, Women, Children, Youth and Sports and will contribute adequately to bringing in a balanced perspective of all the gender in the NCF, syllabus and all the textbooks which will be developed as a follow-up of NCFs.
Further, the development process of NCFs has already been initiated by the autonomous body under the government, reported Business Standard.
Other Recommendations By The Panel
The panel had earlier recommended that textbooks should showcase women in new and emerging professions more eminently as role models, emphasising their accomplishments and pathways for achieving the same. It added that this would help instil self-confidence and self-esteem among everyone, particularly girls.
The committee said that other issues, such as environmental sensitivity, issues of children with special needs, human values etc., might be adequately addressed in the school textbooks while reviewing the texts.
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