NCERT to release new textbooks only for classes 3 to 6


According to an official communication from the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to its affiliated schools, the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) will introduce new syllabi and textbooks solely for classes 3rd to 6th for the academic year 2024-25 starting from April 1. However, there will be no modifications to the curriculum and textbooks for other classes.

In correspondence sent to all heads of institutions under CBSE, the board conveyed that the NCERT, in a letter dated March 18, has indicated the forthcoming release of new syllabi and textbooks for classes 3 to 6, currently in development. Schools are advised to adopt these new syllabi and textbooks for classes 3 and 6 instead of those published by the NCERT until 2023.

The NCERT is in the process of crafting new school textbooks in alignment with the new national curriculum framework for school education (NCF-SE) 2023, as part of the implementation of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020. Earlier reports suggested that the NCERT is unlikely to introduce textbooks for all classes this academic year, maintaining the existing rationalized textbooks for the majority of classes.