Environment an essential component of education, compulsory subject in schools: HRD Ministry

Minister of State (HRD) Upendra Kushwaha said, "Environment education is already an integral part of the school curriculum."

Environment is an essential component of education and a compulsory subject in schools, the Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry said in Rajya Sabha on Thursday.

This issue came up in the Rajya Sabha after JD-U MP Harivansh asked whether the government had any plans to teach environment as a compulsory subject in schools.

Replying to this through a written reply, Minister of State (HRD) Upendra Kushwaha said, "Environment education is already an integral part of the school curriculum. For classes VI onwards, essential components of Environment Studies (EVS) are integrated as a subject. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has also issued directives to schools to impart environmental education to students."

NATIONAL CURRICULUM FRAMEWORK-2005

According to the National Curriculum Framework (NCF)-2005, the components of environmental education are very much a part of different subjects such as Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, History, Political Science, Health and Physical Education, Art, Music, etc.

"As a follow-up of NCF-2005, the syllabi and textbooks for all stages of school education have been developed by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT). For Classes I and II, Environmental Studies (EVS) components are integrated with language and mathematics. For classes III to V, the NCERT has developed EVS syllabus and the textbooks integrating Science and Social Science components", the Minister added in his reply.

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