National Curriculum Framework 2005 recommends the implementation of the policy of inclusion in all schools. It suggests that this framework should be incorporated throughout the education system to make sure that there is a participation of all children in all spheres of their life both inside and outside the school. Inclusive Education means,
“a system of education wherein students with and without disability learn together and the system of teaching and learning is suitably adapted to meet the learning needs of different types of students with disabilities.”
Five Main Principles
NCF 2005 has five main principles which are as follows:
1. To connect knowledge to life outside school
2. To ensure that students are not limited to learning mechanically, without thinking
3. To enrich the curriculum and enable it to go beyond textbooks
4. To make learning more flexible by integrating exams with classroom life
5. To nurture an identity of prime significance informed by caring concerns within the country’s democratic polity.
Main Features and Functions of NCF 2005
The main features and functions of NCF 2005 regarding the adaptation of teaching-learning material for inclusive education are as follows:
Learning without Pressure
Teachers must strive to make learning a joyful experience and not stick to textbooks as a basis for examination. They should reduce the stress of learners and therefore, it suggests significant changes to be made in the pattern of the syllabus.
Learners must be encouraged to develop a sense of self-reliance and individual dignity. This is important for forming social relations. They should also be motivated to develop a sense of unity and promote non-violence across society.
It encourages the promotion of universal enrollment and retention up to age 14 by teaching with a child-centered approach to learning.
Feeling of Unity
Teachers must try to instill the feeling of unity, democracy, and oneness among learners.
Follow pillars of Education
According to P. Naik, quality, quantity, and equality are the three pillars of the education system in India and this must be promoted.
Equality of all Learners
In the social context, the curriculum published recently ensures that all schools are provided with and follow a standard framework irrespective of sex, religion, creed, and caste.
Increasing awareness of the philosophy of inclusive education should be made among teachers. They should be oriented and equipped to make different kinds of adjustments that schools have to make in terms of infrastructure, curriculum, teaching methods, and other school practices to develop. This is done to enhance their professional skills and to make them capable of addressing the diverse learning needs of all learners.