Thiruvananthapuram: The state government has decided to go against the NCERT’s move to remove certain portions from the syllabus of higher secondary classes. NCERT had removed nearly 30 per cent of the syllabus including topics like the Mugal dynasty and the Gujarat riot. But the Kerala government has declared that it will not remove these portions from the state syllabus. The state government has given directions to the State Council for Education Research and Training(SCERT) regarding this.
According to reports, the government will release a circular directing the schools to teach the portions removed from the NCERT syllabus. It is alleged that NCERT deleted these portions in accordance with political interest. The government took the action based on a report from SCERT. As per the directive, portions removed from the history and political science textbooks of NCERT will be included in the state syllabus.
Meanwhile, the education department clarified that no questions will be selected from these portions for the exams.
The schools in the state have been following the NCERT syllabus for 9 subjects including Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Botany, Zoology, Political Science, History, Economics and Sociology.
In March, NCERT issued a notice declaring that it had removed 30 per cent of portions from these books. But Kerala didn’t take a decision on this order immediately.
Meanwhile, deleting portions related to the Mughal dynasty and the Gujarat riots triggered an issue in Kerala. At the same time, NCERT also removed portions including democracy, secularism, Dalit movements and the three-tier panchayat system from its political science text. Following this, the government has sought a report from the SCERT.