Kerala likely to teach NCERT’s deleted portions in state schools
26 April, 2023 | Amish Mahajan
Students in Kerala are likely to be taught the portions that the NCERT had deleted from its class 11 and 12 textbooks, including those about the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi and the ban on RSS.
On Tuesday, the curriculum steering committee meeting of the Kerala State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) decided to include the parts left out by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) in the state school curriculum, a statement said.
According to the statement, in the meeting of the Curriculum Steering Committee held today, the discussion was held on including portions removed by NCERT from the syllabus. The committee authorized Public Education Minister V Sivankutty to discuss the matter with the government and take a decision. Minister V Sivankutty said the state would incorporate some parts of the Kerala school curriculum. The NCERT has dropped Mughal history, Gujarat riots and Darwin’s theory of evolution from school textbooks.
Responding to the NCERT’s controversy about removing certain parts from the school syllabus, Minister Sivankutty said the state government could freely print textbooks if the central government does not deny permission to teach these subjects.
Addressing a press conference, the minister said, “The state government can print textbooks freely if the Center does not deny permission to teach these subjects. Teacher’s unions also believe that the missed lessons should be taught.”
Giving information about the study of Gujarat riots and Mughal history in Kerala, the Education Minister said, ‘Kerala is moving forward by giving importance to constitutional and secular values. “Kerala will examine how to teach it. Objections to removing these subjects will be communicated in writing to the central government,” he said.