Uniform and Common Minimum Programme for Value Education

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The Central Government is set to roll out a ‘Uniform and Common Minimum Programme for Value Education’ for implementation across India’s entire schooling system, in the 2019-20 academic session. The uniformity of value education imparted across schools will be ensured with a firm focus on ‘Core Constitutional values’ and these have been identified as Justice, Equality, Fraternity and Liberty. In a bid to stay non-controversial, Value Education will focus on values enshrined in the Constitution and general concerns on compassion and respect for all persons. Students, teachers as well as schools will be assessed on Value Education through a non-marks based approach. The National Council of Educational Research & Training (NCERT) will mainly prepare these modules which, though not mandatory for any school board to follow, are expected to acquire a pan India effect on their own as a number of school boards go by NCERT textbooks.