As the government reads the fine print, schools say the books have yet to reach

Minister of Primary and Secondary Education BC Nagesh clarified that the new series of manuals will not be printed.

He said his department ordered only a few articles to be reprinted to replace “objectionable content” flagged by experts.

“We have already made the decision to provide the revised textbooks to schools. We have received a few objections here and there which will be taken into consideration,” he said. Meanwhile, government officials claimed that textbooks were now being sent to schools as most schools were using their downloaded versions.

However, the Associate Directions of Primary and Secondary schools in Karnataka general secretary D Shashi Kumar said, “We haven’t received 30 textbooks. Claims that textbooks are distributed to schools are eyewash, as the textbooks have been sent from the printing press to the warehouses. Schools haven’t received it yet and it may be a few more weeks before we have the physical textbooks. »

President of the Association of Private Schools Recognized Without Aid (RUPSA), Lokesh Talikote said that the whole textbook revision process has completely tarnished the image of the state as an educational center.

“Before, there was holiness and respect for textbooks. Universally acceptable chapters have been chosen. Previously, there were 180 expert members of the textbook review committee. Each subject, lesson is carefully treated by experts. decision BJP with a committee of 9 to 10 members, the revisions were made. It is impossible for such a committee to revise 160 to 170 chapters,” he explained.

BJP Govt Formed Textbook Review Committee Under Rohith Chair Chakratirta revise the Kannada textbooks for grades 1 to 10. The committee also revised Social science textbooks from class 6 to 10.

Minister Nagesh argues that the opposition and unrest is “due to the inclusion of the speech of the RSS founder KB Hedgewar in the program”. He also said that the opposition is also due to “the abandonment of the glorification of Muslim kings”, including Tipu Sultan. The review exercise respects the country’s culture and religion, which are not tolerated by “leftists” and opposition parties, he alleged.

Nagesh later announced that the revised II PUC (pre-university colleges) history textbook lesson by the Chakrathirtha committee would not be accepted to appease dissenting voices. RUPSA President Talikote called on private school principals to choose the books of their choice. “Out of 1.6 million children studying in schools in Karnataka between grade 1 and 10, more than 50 lakh children are studying in private institutions and they will not read the revised textbooks,” he said.

(With agency contributions)

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