Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, on August 23, released additional textbooks of SCERT (the State Council for Educational Research and Training) incorporating the topics that were recently deleted from the NCERT textbooks.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that his Government’s stand is that NCERT ought not to have excluded those chapters in the name of rationalisation.
“For the year 2023-24, in the name of rationalisation, some important changes were made in the books prepared by NCERT. Change means some chapters were fully excluded. Our State and Government views it very seriously as we believe those chapters excluded are chapters that should have never been excluded,” Pinarayi Vijayan said.
The Chief Minister said that in class 11 and 12, 12 subjects with 44 textbooks are from NCERT. Naturally, students of 11 and 12 are getting textbooks prepared by NCERT with vested interests, he alleged.
“What is the danger due to this? It will change the way children view society and history. A generation that is full of prejudices and lacks the sense of humanity will be moulded. It will endanger our secular thinking and fraternal society. It is with this realisation that the State Government has come forward with such an alternative approach.
NCERT’s reason for making changes in textbooks is to reduce the burden of textbooks and rationalise them. They say that such opinions are put forward by experts. But, who are these experts is not even revealed,” the Chief Minister further said.
(with inputs from ANI)