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EC seeks to review NCERT social science textbooks, emphasizing "citizenship development" over "conflict & movements."
Jan 03, 2024 06:22 pm

According to official records, the EC plan is "the result of high-level correspondence starting from 2016 between chief election commissioner and HRD (now education) minister."  According to official documents obtained by ThePrint, the Election Commission (EC) has written to the Modi administration, pointing out "factual mistakes and infirmities" in the NCERT social science textbooks. The poll watchdog said that the current material "fails" to prepare students for making "ethical ballot decisions" and stated that it wishes to review the books for "correctness and relevance. Documents indicate that the EC suggestion is "a result of high-level correspondence starting from 2016 between the minister of human resource development (MHRD) and the chief election commissioner." 2020 saw the MHRD become the Ministry of Education. Two chapters from the social science textbooks for classes 6 and 10 that were allegedly removed by the NCERT in 2022 to lessen the workload on students in view of the syllabus lag brought on by the Covid-19 outbreak are included in the EC's recommendation on "gaps and suggested amendments to the curriculum."