NEW DELHI: In response to the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has taken the decision to remove certain chapters from the class 10th textbook. The dropped chapters include “Periodic Classification of Elements,” “Democracy,” “Political Parties” (full page), and “Challenges to Democracy.” The rationale behind this move is to alleviate the content load on students during these unprecedented times.
Notably, the NCERT has also made revisions to the CBSE science textbooks for Class 10 by excluding scientific topics such as Darwin‘s theory and the periodic table. These modifications aim to streamline the curriculum and reduce the burden on students.
This recent development comes after the NCERT faced objections from the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), a Sikh religious body. The SGPC expressed concerns about certain references in the Political Science book for Class 12, specifically related to the Anandpur Saheb resolution. In response to the SGPC’s letter, the NCERT formed an expert group to review the matter. Based on their recommendations, changes were made to Chapter VII – “Regional Aspirations” in the Class 12 Political Science textbook.
The NCERT’s decision to drop chapters and make revisions in response to stakeholder feedback demonstrates their commitment to accommodating diverse perspectives and ensuring an inclusive and balanced curriculum. These changes aim to ease the learning process for students and provide them with a more focused and relevant educational experience during these challenging times.