(Report by: Gopika Babu)
On March 19, 2023, the CBSE stated that beginning with the 2023–2024 school year, it will use the NCFFS 2022
The National Curriculum Framework for Foundation Stage 2022 (NCFFS) will be used commencing with the 2023–2024 school year, according to a declaration made by The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on March 19, 2023.
The National Council of Educational Research and Training developed the NCFFS 2022 in accordance with the National Education Policy 2020 (NEP), which demands to define of the abilities and learning outcomes, general principles, and approaches that should guide instruction and learning at the foundational stage, according to an official notification from CBSE. It is a blueprint for educators to create courses, syllabi, and instructional tools supporting the country’s educational objectives.
The CBSE further announced that, in compliance with the new framework, a new structure of five years of foundational education from preschool to class two will be executed in the 2023–2024 school year in those institutions that currently provide vital education to students in the age group of 3–8 years.
According to the notice, NCFFS contains numerous scenarios and illustrations that are important for its application.
“They make new ideas more understandable to working instructors and aid in the clarification of abstract concepts. Numerous examples are skillfully incorporated to improve comprehension, encourage participation, and elaborate specific instances of how ideas can be applied in day-to-day instruction. Therefore, it is crucial that instructors examine these instances and situate them in light of the requirements and needs of children”, it was further stated.
The New Education Policy 2020 5+3+3+4 education system stipulates that students will spend 5 years in the foundational stage, 3 years in the preparation stage, 3 years in the intermediate level, and 4 years in the secondary stage.
The phases are separated according to the steps of intellectual development that a kid goes through in early childhood, school, and secondary school.
The transition from the 10+2 education system to the New Education Policy 2020 5+3+3+4 education system presents numerous chances for student development and highlights areas in which schools need to improve. A total change has also been made to the test format. The assessment will concentrate on the young child’s development. On the board examinations, fundamental ideas and information applications will be evaluated. The educational system seeks to bring India up to pace with the world’s top nations through the application of this scientific method to education.