Rajasthan Government is all set to introduce new syllabus which would include stories of ‘Mahapurush’ and greater focus on the history of State from the next academic session. The changes would be applicable from Class 1 to 12 in all government schools. Minister of State for Primary and Secondary Education Vasudev Devnani announced that new school syllabus will include stories of various mahapurush (great leaders), moral science, country’s latest scientific development, ethos and history of Rajasthan.
Mr. Devnani also told that the state government has no role to play with the drafting of syllabus, as the same is done by specialized agencies i.e. SIERT and RBSE as per the guidelines. In case of Rajasthan, State Institute of Educational Research and Training is drafting the syllabus for Class 1 to 8 and syllabus of Class 9 to 12 is being drafted by the special committee founded by Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education.
In Rajasthan there are somewhere around 1.2 lakh schools, out of which approximately 85,000 schools are government while 35,000 are private schools. Total strength of students enrolled in these schools is above 1 crore.
In his views there is no need for children from Class 1 to 5 to study about rest of the world instead they should learn about mahapurush like Maharana Pratap so as to seek lessons from their life. Hence for the students of Class 1 to 5, 75 percent of the syllabus will be from Rajasthan, while 25 percent from national culture, history, personalities etc. For Class 6 to 8, the content will be 50 percent from Rajasthan and 50 per cent from all over India and world content could be taught in higher classes.
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Further he also told that in the syllabus of Class 1 to 3, there would be chapters from local to global subjects, on vocabulary (bilingual) building. In case of Class 5 to 8, at least 20 people have been appointed to decide the syllabus and they are in their pre-writing stage.
Meanwhile the minister dismissed the reports about removal of the chapter that dealt with the life of South African leader Nelson Mandela. For this he said that he issued no instructions to the effect.
Mr. Devnani said, “In old or existing courses there is a problem of cultural alienation because student of tribal belt or remote areas of Rajasthan might not be able to understand the top chapters specially in English literature, art and culture of other states as available in the books till now.” In lieu of English Literature he said that only in the curriculum of higher classes well-known international authors like William Shakespeare, John Milton, William Wordsworth’s work will be taught as they are personalities whom the world knows.
During the conference a question was raised that whether the old foreign literary authors be deleted or replaced by Indian writers. To this one of the senior official answered, “Sabhi ko nahin hata rahe hain”. Further he told that the need of the hour is to bring reformation in the syllabus of Class 1 to 12.