Mamata Banerjee opposes CBSE’s move to drop subjects like Citizenship, Secularism

8 July, 2020 | newsx bureau

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee firmly objected to crucial political and historical sections from school-going children's literature being 'rationalised.'

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has strongly objected to ‘rationalisation’ of key political and historical chapters from the books of school-going children. She has asked the central government and HRD Ministry to reconsider their decision.

Several other politicians have condemned this reduction including Congress leader Mr Shashi Tharoor and his colleague Mr Jairam Ramesh. The decision was announced on Tuesday by HRD Minister Mr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank and the revised syllabus was put up on the official CBSE website in the evening.

In an effort to rationalize the syllabus for classes 9th to 12th, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has entirely deleted chapters on Citizenship, Nationalism, Secularism, and Understanding Partition & Democratic Rights.

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This measure has been taken to cope with the loss of study time during ongoing pandemic Covid-19 since schools have been suspended since March 24. It was observed that the syllabus would be practically impossible to complete via online classesOn Tuesday, CBSE announced a 30% reduction in the syllabi of classes 9-12, specifically for the 20-21 batch due to the “extraordinary situation” the world is facing at the moment.

CBSE has now issued an official statement clarifying its stance. Take a look:

Five important chapters on Democratic Rights from Social Science subject of Class 9 have been entirely scrapped off from the curriculum.

Class 10th’s curriculum saw various important science chapters and major SST chapters removed; namely Democracy and Diversity, Gender Religion and Caste and Popular Struggles and Movements.

Key political concepts that make the base of a humanities stream student have been deleted from the syllabus of Class 11. Some of these include Federalism, Secularism and Citizenship. History chapters like Early Societies are also not part of the syllabus anymore.

A Major reduction in syllabus is seen in the class 12 curriculum as complete chapters on important political history have been scrapped off. 5-year plans, India’s relations with its neighbours, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Myanmar and regional aspirations have been removed from Political Science. In Physics, Davission-Germer experiment, Radioactivity and Carbon resistors have been eliminated. The chapters and topics that talk about Colonialism and Partition in India have been removed from History subject of class 12.

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