Education dept yet to decide on syllabus content removed by NCERT

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Thiruvananthapuram: Teachers and students in Higher Secondary sections are confused as the education department didn’t take a decision on the syllabus content which was dropped by NCERT. SCERT has submitted a report to the department after preparing a proposal on the portions. But the state education department hasn’t given any directions on the removed content including Gujarat riots and Mughal rule from the Class 12 history textbook.

Meanwhile, CPM has taken a political stance over the omission of Mughal rule and Gujarat riots from the history textbook. But so far, the LDF government didn’t decide on teaching these topics in schools. At the same time, the education department’s decision is pending on the topics which was removed from the science textbooks of NCERT. Hence, the students will face more burden in their studies.

There are 38 subjects in Higher Secondary section. Among these subjects, physics, chemistry, mathematics, botany, zoology, political science, history, sociology and economics are in the NCERT syllabus. In December, NCERT removed 30 per cent of the portions from its syllabus. But, the Kerala education department has not decided on whether the omitted portions should be taught or not.

NCERT had removed Mughal rule and the Gujarat riot from the history textbook and democracy, secularism, Dalit movements and the three-tier panchayat system from the political science textbook. As the decision triggered a controversy, Higher Secondary joint director sought a report from the SCERT. Following this, an expert committee of SCERT submitted its report four months back.

As per the proposal, the teaching of topics removed from science textbooks should be avoided while topics removed for political gains must be taught. The education department was expected to decide on the matter after the Onam holidays.

However, sources close to SCERT informed that discussions should be started for preparing question papers for the half-yearly exams in December. The majority of topics were removed from science subjects.

Questions of national-level entrance examinations are prepared based on the NCERT syllabus. Hence, if omitted topics are taught, it will add more burden to students, say teachers.

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