On the occasion of Teachers’ Day, Minister of State for Primary and Secondary education for Rajasthan Vasudev Devnani announced that school syllabus would be revised for next academic session in the State. The Rajasthan Government is planning to introduce a new syllabus which would include stories of ‘mahapurush’ (great leaders) along with other topics to aware the students about Indian culture and moral values. The news came in a wake when Delhi govt has announced to reduce syllabus by 25% for classes upto 8th standard.
Vasudev Devnani was focusing for major changes in the school curriculum from the day he took the charge of education department. It is also expected that one of the ambitious program of PM Modi ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ would also be included as a part of curriculum. Minister announced that the new syllabus (for Class 1 to 12) would bring major changes in books covering Indian culture, moral science and would include stories of ‘mahapurush’ (great leaders) and latest technologies. “Students should learn about ‘mahapurush’, take lessons from their lives,” he said.
“The new curriculum would not only increase the student’s knowledge but also prepare them for global competition and present day challenges. Books would be printed according to the new syllabus and distributed to students of over 83,500 schools in the State,” Devanani said.
Rajasthan Pustakalaya Mandal was asked to prepare course content on Swachh Bharat Abhiyan along with additional chapters to promote Indian customs and traditions. Education Minister Devanani said two months back that teaching Indian value system is the priority to bring education system back on the track. The course content team should work on these lines to bring students closer to the culture and values. He also mentioned about his plans to include local course content by adding the history, local gods and goddesses, social reformers, culture and traditions and freedom fighters of Rajasthan in the textbooks.
It has been decided that the textbooks would have chapters on Maharana Pratap, Maharaja Surajmal, Veer Savarkar, Durgadas Rathore along with Sindhi community’s revered figure Hemu Kalani.
Earlier the school duration across the State was increased by 40 minutes, the decision was widely rejected by teachers’ association, commenting on the issue Minister Devanani informed that the State Education Department has decided to reduce the school duration by 20 minutes and do away with separate timings during winters and summers.
There are over 1.2 lakh schools operating across the State that includes 85,000 government and 35,000 private schools with total strength being above 1 crore students.