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NEP 2020 PT II : Highlights for Students from Classes 3 to 12

(The Author is a Curriculum Guidance Consultant empanelled with the Institute)

This Blog is the second of a  two-part series about the NEP 2020. In the second part, we will learn about the main changes that will be a part of students lives from classes III to XII between the age groups of 9 to 18.


The 10+2 structure of school curricula is to be replaced by a 5+3+3+4 curricular structure corresponding to ages 3-8, 8-11, 11-14, and 14-18 years respectively.

Parents and teachers of children ages 9 and above will find this Blog informative.

1. PREPARATORY SCHOOL: After completing the Foundation Stage, children will mark their entry to Preparatory School from classes 3-5. At this Stage, they will be introduced to mathematics, social science, science and languages. All learning will be experiential and activity based.


2.) MIDDLE SCHOOL: Students from classes 6-8 will learn from a subject-centric curriculum. Stress will be laid on integrating vocational subjects with regular subjects, this will be left to the discretion of the States and local communities. Carpentry, pottery, gardening etc are some of the courses that will be offered.

Students of the Middle School will also enjoy ten ‘bag-less’ days where they will experience hands-on learning with coding experts, and local vocational trainers and experts.


3.) SECONDARY SCHOOL: As in the present, this is the final stage is for students between 14-18 years, in classes 9 &10 | 11 & 12.

Skills of application, critical thinking, and flexibility will be developed and encouraged.
It’s proposed that in order to allow more flexibility and openness, students will have the option of exiting in class 10 and may choose to enter class 11 at a later stage.



4.) BOARD EXAMS: The Board Examination for classes 10 & 12 will continue as present, however, holistic development of Curriculum and Assessment is underway.

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5.) SUBJECT -CHOICES FOR CLASS 11: Schools will not have any rigid formation of streams of arts, commerce, science and students can take up whichever courses they want.

6.) EXAMS FOR CLASSES 3,5,8: Students will appear for a board-like examination after classes 3, 5, and 8. One of the rationales behind introducing ‘state-census examination’ at the end of grades 3, 5, and 8 is that board examinations on only two occasions, at the end of grades 10 and 12, renders these assessment tests as only summative and not formative.

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