Now NCERT to ‘saffronise’ school books?

By: Admin 22 April, 2017

The Narendra Modi government has decided to undertake a review of school textbooks. The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), an organisation that assists and advises the government on school education, has started an ‘internal review’ of the contents of these textbooks.

 

Highlights
  • NCERT has started an internal review of the contents of all school textbooks.

  • Council official say that review is meant to update the books and incorporate recent developments.

  • Changes in curriculum of state boards in the past two years, have been made to ‘saffronise’ education, the opposition parties accuses.

  • The updates in books may include Demonetisation, GST bill, updated monsoon maps, etc.

Over the past two years, changes in textbooks have been a controversial issue. Several BJP-ruled states, including Rajasthan, Gujarat, Haryana, and Maharashtra, tweaked schoolbooks in a way that triggered opposition allegations that these governments were trying to saffronise education.

 

But the Council officials maintained that the review was meant to incorporate the developments in the past 10 years -- such as the goods and services tax (GST) and demonetisation. The review of all textbooks taught from Class I to XII was meant to apprise school children of recent developments.

 

Schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Kendriya Vidyalayas and Jawahar Navodya Vidyalayas, among others, follow NCERT curriculum. Officials claimed that the review of textbooks was different from revising the curriculum, which was last done in 2005.

 

“Demonetisation which took place last year is something that the textbooks don’t carry currently. But this is something that students have to be taught. Similarly, if monsoon maps have been updated, they can be included in the books. We will know what all needs to be updated once all books are examined by our officials,” another senior NCERT official said.

 

 

This news has been taken from Hindustan Times website. Read the original article here.