Election Commission asks NCERT to drop lessons in social science

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New Delhi: The Election Commission of India has urged the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) to drop some lessons from the textbooks prescribed for the social science subject, sources have revealed. The commission forwarded letters to the NCERT from 2016, pressing for the removal of certain lessons, stating that these segments contained inaccurate information.

Responding to the Election Commission's demand, the NCERT excluded two chapters from the textbooks designated for Class 7 and Class 10. This action was taken as part of the 2022 syllabus revision aimed at lessening the academic burden on students. Notably, the chapter on the "Key elements of democratic governance" intended for the 6th Standard was among the lessons eliminated. The commission justified this decision by stating that students did not have to study such a lesson at a young age. Additionally, the chapter titled, "Popular struggles and movements" for the 10th Standard were removed, with the commission explaining that it mostly focused on conflicts and lacked substantial content to engage the youth in the electoral process.

It has been reported that the Election Commission also submitted its recommendations on social science textbooks to the K. Kasturirangan Committee which was appointed by the Central government for the revision of the national syllabus.

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