Students organizations express anger over CBSE Syllabus Omissions
CBSE has removed several chapters from the history and political science syllabus of classes 11 and 12.
Central Board of Secondary Education's (CBSE's) decision to drop subjects like 'Democracy and Diversity' from the school syllabus has not gone down well with some of the students' organizations, who have termed that omission of syllabus reflects RSS's narrow, partisan agenda.
As per reports, CBSE has removed several chapters from the history and political science syllabus of classes 10 and 12. It has dropped several chapters from the syllabus of classes 11 and 12 dealing with the rise of Islamic empires in Afro-Asian territories, chronicles of Mughal courts, the Cold War, and the industrial revolution from the History and Political Science.
Students Islamic Organisation of India (SIO) has termed the changes as something which makes no sense on any academic grounds. “The only logic behind dropping vital subjects from school syllabus is that the CBSE is now pushing a narrow, partisan and ideological agenda dictated by the RSS. The dangers of injecting the poison of hatred and division in children's education cannot be overstated, and must be a matter of concern for us all,” SIO alleged.
It has alleged that the skewed view of education and society that was evident in the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 continues to wreak havoc in the educational landscape. SIO in a statement said: “The continuous sabotage of textbooks and curricula is the death knell for the idea of inclusive, holistic and transformational education. This shift towards an authoritarian and ethnic republic is also reflected by the omission of civic subjects and chapters on the socio-cultural heritage of Islam and other traditions."
Another student organisation, All India Democratic Students' Organisation (AIDSO) has also alleged that the CBSE has un-democratically excluded certain portions from its curriculum.
“Continuing the attack on the democratic - secular contents in the school syllabus, the CBSE has excluded certain portions from its curriculum for the academic year 2022 - 23, which was released on April 21,” AIDSO said in a statement.
Sourav Ghosh, General Secretary of AIDSO said: “The education system in India is coming under increasing attacks by the ruling dispensation led by the BJP - RSS. They have adopted various measures to ensure that the education being provided in the country reflects, and is conducive to their ideology.”
It has been alleged that the exclusion of chapters on 'Democracy and Diversity', 'Popular Struggle Movement' and 'Challenges to Democracy', from the NCERT textbook of Class 10, a chapter on 'Central Islamic Lands' from Class 11 history curriculum, content on the "impact of globalisation on agriculture" from the Class 10 syllabus and one on the "Cold War era and the Non-Aligned Movement" from the Class 12 political science syllabus, some chapters on mathematical reasoning from the syllabus for Class 11 is the latest in a series of attacks on our education system.
“An examination of the contents that have been removed shows precisely the nature of education that the State wants to dispense to the future generations. By excluding chapters relating to democracy and secularism, the RSS - BJP combine wants to blind the students of our country to all advancements made by human civilization, and to continue to divide people based on their socio-cultural differences. Not only will such an education create a population who are unaware of the historical and political evolution and happenings, they will also be vulnerable to the campaign of hatred being unleashed by the right-wing forces,” it alleged.
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