Removal of Nationalism & Secularism from CBSE syllabus drew flak

Last Modified Wednesday, 8 July 2020 (18:01 IST)
New Delhi:Amid the Coronavirus pandemic, has reduced the by 30 per cent and dropped topics such as federalism, and from Class 11 books and India's relations with its neighbours from Class 12 political science books.
Among the chapters dropped after the rationalisation exercise are lessons on democracy and diversity, demonetisation, nationalism, secularism, India's relations with its neighbours and growth of local governments in India.
 
The reduction in CBSE Syllabus 2020-21 was announced on Tuesday by Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank', who said he had received about 1,500 suggestions from different stakeholders and after analysis instructed CBSE to reduce CBSE Syllabus. 
 
From the updated curriculum, chapters deleted from class 10 syllabus were on democracy and diversity, gender, religion and caste, popular struggles and movement, challenges to democracy.
 
The deleted portions for class 11 deal with chapters on federalism, citizenship, nationalism, secularism, growth of local governments in India.
 
In the case of class 12, the deleted portions deal with chapters on India's relations with its neighbours, changing nature of India's economic development, social movements in India and demonetisation.
 
Topics on local government such as "Why do we need Local Governments?" and "Growth of Local Government in India" also stand pruned. 
 
The deletions were made by the CBSE on the direction of the HRD ministry to cut the syllabus for classes 9 to 12 and make up for the academic loss caused by the pandemic and school subsequent.
 
These topics will not be accessed in themselves but teachers have been asked to explain to the students of their relevance with respect to existing topics.
 
Yechury says CBSE cut chapters "upholding Constitutional values"
 
New Delhi: Left leader Sitaram Yechury on Wednesday slammed the Narendra Modi Government for deleting chapters "that uphold our Constitutional values" from  CBSE Syllabus 2020-21 for Classes IX-XII.
 
Reacting to news reports, the Communist Pasrty of India (Marxist) General Secretary tweeted "Atrocious. Using the pandemic, Modi government is deleting sections dealing with India's diversity, plurality, democracy etc that uphold our Constitutional values from the Higher Secondary syllabus."
 
The reduction in CBSE Syllabus 2020-21 by 30 per cent was announced on Tuesday by Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank'.(UNI)