Bengaluru resident asks state govt to halt implementation of new textbooks

Balaji S, who created the petition, said the state government had not been transparent regarding the revision of text books.

Bengaluru: A city resident has waded into the controversy over the revision of state syllabus textbooks through an online petition. The petition, which has become a huge hit, has demanded CM Siddaramaiah to halt the implementation of the revised syllabus.

Balaji S, who created the petition, said the state government had not been transparent regarding the revision of text books. “The deadline for the final versions of the syllabus from various subject committees is 15th January 2017. And yet, the government plans to make the text books available to students within a short span of 6 months. We believe that the present exercise of changing the text books with the secrecy surrounding it will sow seeds of divisiveness and inequality in the next generation(s),” claimed Balaji.

Balaji also questioned the need for new textbooks when the Centre was in the process of formulating a National Education Policy in 2017 to be implemented by 2018.

In the petition, Balaji said the new books would put state students at a disadvantage as the recommendations of Dr Kastutirangan, who had looked into the poor performance of state students in competitive exams, will not find a place. “Based on a study by renowned scientist Dr. Kasturirangan to determine why students of Karnataka lag behind in national competitive exams, the Karnataka Knowledge Commission had recommended to the state government to make translations of CBSE text books available to students. Officials in the Education Department were in the process of implementing them. But with the introduction of the new state syllabus, the state government is working against the interests of students,” said Balaji.

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