Uniformed commentary on exclusion of subjects from CBSE syllabus: HRD minister

New Delhi, July 8

Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ on Thursday mentioned there was an “uninformed commentary” on exclusion of sure subjects from the CBSE syllabus to painting a false narrative.

The feedback by the minister got here following an argument over the discount of syllabus by the CBSE as a result of COVID-19 state of affairs, with the Opposition alleging that chapters on India’s democracy and plurality are being “dropped” to propagate a specific ideology.

“There has been a variety of uninformed commentary on the exclusion of some subjects from CBSE syllabus. The drawback with these feedback is that they resort to sensationalism by connecting subjects selectively to painting a false narrative.

“While it is easy to misconstrue exclusion of 3-4 topics like nationalism, local government, federalism, etc and build a concocted narrative, a wider perusal of different subjects will show that this exclusion is happening across subjects,” Nishank mentioned in a collection of tweets.

The minister reiterated that the exclusions from the syllabus are a one-time measure taken in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As CBSE has clarified, colleges have been suggested to observe the NCERT Alternate Academic Calendar, and all of the subjects talked about have been coated underneath the identical. The exclusions are merely a one-time measure for exams, as a result of COVID19 pandemic.

“The only aim is to relax the stress on students by reducing the syllabus by 30 per cent. This exercise has been carried out following the advice & recommendations of various experts and considering the suggestions received from educationists through our #SyllabusForStudents2020 campaign,” he mentioned.

The minister additionally appealed that “politics be left 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,” Nishank mentioned. —PTI


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