West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee condemns Centre for evicting secularism, citizenship from CBSE syllabus

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West Bengal Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee has lashed out at the Centre for axing out important topics like federalism, secularism, nationalism from the syllabus. She took to Twitter to condemn CBSE’s decision to remove such important topics from the syllabus.

Expressing her displeasure, she said that she is shocked to know that the Central government has chosen to drop out topics like Partition, Citizenship, Federalism in the name of reducing the syllabus, because of COVID-19.

In the tweet, she wrote, “Shocked to know that the Central Govt has dropped topics like Citizenship, Federalism, Secularism & Partition in the name of reducing CBSE course during COVID crisis. We strongly object to this & appeal HRDMinistry, GoI to ensure these vital lessons aren’t curtailed at any cost.”

On Tuesday, The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) updated the syllabus for this academic year, scraping down 30 % of the syllabus. The change in the syllabus was mandated for classes 9th-12th, in the wake of COVID-19. However, the choice of content which is axed out of the syllabus has now become a topic of discussion amongst the opposition.

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CBSE decided to evict these topics from Class 11 political science books, and other topics like India’s relations with its neighbors from Class 12 political science books. For the Class 10 political science syllabus, which falls under Social Science, complete chapters on ‘Democracy and Diversity’, ‘Gender, Religion and Caste’, ‘Popular Struggles and Movements’, and ‘Challenges to Democracy’ have been deleted.

For the students studying the commerce stream, CBSE has removed demonetization from Class 12 business studies books. For science subjects, practical portions have also been reduced.

An official statement reagarding the reasoning behind this is still awaited from the Board.

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