Kerala CM to release textbooks with portions removed by NCERT on Aug 23

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Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will, next week, release the revised textbooks for standards 11 and 12 with portions that were excluded by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT).

The NCERT's move to exclude the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi and the Gujarat riots among other key portions from the syllabus, was heavily criticised.

General Education Minister V Sivankutty said the fresh textbooks will be released by the CM at the Government HSS for Girls, Cotton Hill, Thiruvananthapuram on August 23.

Sivankutty said that as Kerala follows its own syllabus till standard 10, the NCERT excluding relevant topics from the textbooks of those classes will not affect Kerala.

The minister said the state cannot accept the revisions made by NCERT in the humanities subjects such as history, sociology and political science. Though textbooks need to be renewed in accordance with the time, no change can be made in the country's history and constitutional values, he said.

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