Parts of school syllabus may be nixed after next Cabinet meeting

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BENGALURU: The Congress government plans to move ahead with revision of the school textbooks and drop the parts added by the previous BJP government from this academic year itself without even setting up an experts’ committee. A decision on this is expected to be taken at the next Cabinet meeting.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had earlier instructed the Education Department officials to prepare a list of all the parts that were added to the syllabus by the BJP government. The CM and Primary Education Minister Madhu Bangarappa have already given their approval to dropping some of the content.

Since textbooks have already reached schools this year, a complete revision of the syllabus will not be done, but only parts of it dropped. A circular is likely to be issued to schools not to teach certain parts which were included by the previous BJP government and the present government may decide on including new portions.

The parts that are likely to be omitted for Classes 1-10 are on RSS founder Hedgewar, on Bhagat Singh written by activist Chakravarthi Sulibele, a chapter on Veer Savarkar in the Class 8 textbook, re-inclusion of the chapter on Tipu Sultan which was dropped by the BJP government for glorifying him, and a chapter by Bannanje Govindacharya.

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