NCERT Text books: Controversial CBSE Syllabus Compression Process! Is there a political agenda behind this?

NCERT reduces syllabus for 6th to 12 classes: The National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) on Thursday (June 16) announced a new syllabus for the 2022-23 academic year that aims to reduce the burden on students due to Kovid 19. According to the new syllabus, NCERT has removed key elements like Gujarat riots 2002, Cold War and Mughal Empire from 12th class textbooks. The Industrial Revolution in the 11th class removed the textbooks of Dalit writers from the 7th class textbooks. NCERT officials said that the syllabus has been cut by 30 per cent in the 6th to 12th class syllabus this year in the wake of Kovid 19. He said that the syllabus rationalization undertaken from December last year for the academic year 2022-23 has been completed and the syllabus has been reduced as per the recommendations of the respective subject matter experts.

  • According to the new syllabus, the text ‘Gujarat Riots’ has been removed from the Chapter on Recent Development in Indian Politics in the 12th class political science textbook.
  • All chapters of the Mughal Empire, the ‘Dalit Movement’ and the Cold War were removed from the 12th class history textbook.
  • The chapters ‘Central Islamic Lands’ and ‘Industrial Revolution’ have been removed from the 11th grade history textbook.
  • Dalit writer Omprakash Valmi has removed the text from the social science textbook for 7th and 8th classes. The textbook ‘7th Pasts-2’ (Events related to Mughal emperors) is excluded from the 7th grade textbook.

NCERT Director Dinesh Prasad Saklani, on the other hand, declined to comment on the syllabus rationalization. He said that the rationalization process had started before he took charge and hence he did not want to talk about this matter. However, a senior official of the Ministry of Education said that the syllabus was shortened only after discussing with the subject matter experts, adding that the deleted items had been read by the students in the past and would be studied in the coming classes as well, without selectively deleting any topic.

In addition, according to a statement issued by the NCERT .. Repeat in other subjects in the same class or in the lower / higher classes, the syllabus is removed based on the difficulty. Has released a detailed note stating that the syllabus has been shortened in line with the National Education Policy (NEP 2020) to reduce the content load and thereby enable experimental learning to enhance the Creative Mindset.

In April this year, CBSE announced the CBSE syllabus summary. A Delhi University political science associate professor has lashed out at the removal of only specific topics such as religion, politics and secularism from NCERT textbooks taught in CBSE schools. Behind this kind of curricular compression lies the agenda of political forces. He criticized the central government for trying to implement this political agenda in all schools and colleges.

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