'Let's leave politics out of education' : HRD minister quashes 'false narrative' over exclusion of topics from CBSE course
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Union minister of Human resource development, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank on Thursday in a series of tweet disregarded the building of false narrative over the recent reduction of 30 percent syllabus from Class 9 to 12 and urged the critics of this move to leave politics out of education.
“It is our humble request: #Education is our sacred duty towards our children. Let us leave politics out of education and make our politics more educated,” the minister tweeted.
HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal on twitter signaled the current false rhetoric that has been crafted due to the exclusion of few topics over social media. Taking it to Twitter, the minister said, “There has been a lot of uninformed commentary on the exclusion of some topics from #CBSESyllabus. The problem with these comments is that they resort to sensationalism by connecting topics selectively to portray a false narrative.”
While quashing the allegations, the minister explained that the exclusions are merely a one-time measure to be implemented for the exam, due to the current crisis by the COVID-19 pandemic. He also reiterated that CBSE has advised schools to follow the NCERT Alternate Academic Calendar and the removed topics have been covered under the same academic calendar.
Breaking the confusion that has been going on for a while regarding the removal of these topics, the HRD minister clarified by tweeting, “The only aim is to relax the stress on students by reducing the syllabus by 30%. This exercise has been carried out following the advice & recommendations of various experts and considering the suggestions received from educationists through our #SyllabusForStudents2020 campaign,” on social media.
He also said that while it is easy to misconstrue the exclusion of a few topics such as federalism, nationalism, and secularism, but the other excluded topics from the list will give a wider perspective and perusal over this exclusion which has happened across subjects and not selectively targeting these particular topics in the syllabus.
Citing examples of the list of topics which have been removed from other subjects such as Mathematics and Economics, the minister wrote, “To give a few examples, the topics excluded in #Economics are Measures of Dispersion, Balance of Payments Deficit, etc, topics excluded in #Physics are Heat Engine & Refrigerator, Heat Transfer, Convection & Radiation among others.”
The minister broke his silence on the controversies which have been coming in light due to this recent change by the CBSE.
The national education board announced on Tuesday that the syllabus for the year 2020-21 would be reduced by a third because of the "extraordinary situation" as the world fights the coronavirus pandemic. The removal of key chapters including Citizenship, federalism, nationalism, secularism, and complete chapters on democracy and diversity, gender and religion, and many more from the textbooks of Class 9 to Class 12 amid the coronavirus pandemic has ignited several allegations on the education experts of the CBSE over this move. The board clarified that no questions will be asked from the reduced syllabus in the board exams.
However, the move by the CBSE encountered heavy backlash and outrage over social media by politicians and academicians who claimed that the move appeared to give importance to "political considerations" than academics. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was among one of those who criticised CBSE's move and tweeted that she was shocked to know by the decision to drop subjects like democratic rights, federalism and secularism from the Economics and Political Science syllabuses of Classes 9 to 12.
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