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CDC set to revise national curriculum, multi-disciplinary practice in high school to end


Kathmandu, May 18, 2018: The Curriculum Development Centre (CDC) is working to end the decades long practice of teaching multiple disciplines in School as the government is switching to a single-track curriculum for grades 11 and 12. The secondary curriculum is undergoing revision.

To this day, the students can choose between Science, Management, Humanities and Education after passing grade 10 as the Secondary Education Examination. These subjects were introduced with the establishment of Higher Secondary Education Board (HSEB), some 25 years ago. As the country is moving in the direction of embracing federalism, the contents and the curriculum are undergoing revision.

Krishna Prasad Kapri, executive director at the Curriculum Development Centre said, “Preparations have started for developing new curricula, which will be adopted gradually from grade nine possibly from next year.” The center has formed a framework for the revision of the curricula for different levels of schools.

The new curriculum will assign three elective subjects in grades 9 and 10 among the eight subjects in total. One of the elective subjects will have local and provincial contents and in classes 11 and 12, three subjects will be optional out of five. There will be more than 50 subjects to choose from in every grade, catering to student’s career choice.

When the new syllabus is introduced, examinations at the end of grade eight will be conducted at the local level while provincial governments will oversee SEE tests, as guided by the framework.

The School leaving certificate examination will be held at the end of grade 12 and will be overseen by National Examination Board. The NEB was created by resurrecting HSEB last year. The continuous examination system will be implemented until the 7th grade, with an emphasis on overall development of students during the whole schooling years.

The examination of class seven will also be conducted by the central examination board with the respective schools tasked with administering the test.

The curriculum is being revised to make the education system in line with the international practice, terming grades one to eight basic education and 9 to 12 secondary education.