- According to Kerala’s General Education Minister, the objective is to craft a new textbook, facilitating students’ comprehensive study and preparation for their examinations
Kerala’s General Education Minister, V Sivankutty, announced that their state stands alone in the nation, having undertaken the task of assembling all the educational content neglected by the NCERT in school textbooks. The objective is to craft a new textbook, facilitating students’ comprehensive study and preparation for their examinations.
In response to a query from the UDF opposition regarding the implementation of the National Education Policy 2023, Sivankutty expressed that the policy’s acceptance varies across the country. Tamil Nadu has outright rejected it, while Karnataka has only agreed to implement select portions of it.
Additionally, the minister pointed out that the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has removed various crucial elements, such as the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi and the alleged involvement of the RSS, sections pertaining to the Mughal rule and empire in India, segments related to the Indian freedom struggle and certain communal riots, from textbooks intended for classes 11 and 12.
As Sivankutty stated, “So, we compiled all the deleted portions and created a new textbook. It is not a mere textbook, but a syllabus which students can study and take exams on.”
These supplementary textbooks were formally unveiled by Kerala’s Chief Minister, Pinarayi Vijayan, in August of this year. During the launch, Vijayan vehemently criticised the NCERT for its omission of vital content from school textbooks, suggesting that this action might have political motives aimed at fostering a society entrenched in animosity and hatred.