Days after the CBSE removed several chapters from the history and political science syllabus of classes 10 and 12, former Congress leader Rahul Gandhi called the national level board of education ‘ Central Board Suppressing Education’. The remark from the Kerala Congress MP came days after the CBSE Board modified the syllabus of classes 10 and 12.
He also targeted the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) over the modification of the syllabus and called it ‘Rashtriya Shiksha Shredder`.
He not only called CBSE the “Central Board of Suppressing Education”, but he also shared an image showing a shredding machine cutting all the eliminated topics like Democracy and Diversity, the Impact of Globalisation on Agriculture, Non-aligned Movement, The Mugal Court, Industrial Revolution, and poem of Faiz.
CBSE Drops various chapters on Historical Events
CBSE has dropped the topic “impact of globalization on agriculture” from a chapter on “Food Security” in the class 10 syllabus. The translated excerpts from two poems in Urdu by Faiz Ahmed in the “Religion, Communalism and Politics” section have also been excluded this year. Similarly, in the Class 11 syllabus, the board has dropped “Central Islamic Lands.” The class 11 history syllabus talks about the rise of Islamic empires in the Afro-Asian territories and their implications for the economy and society. All those chapters that focused on the arenas of Islam in reference to its emergence, the rise of the caliphate, and empire building have been deleted by the Board.
In the class 12 history syllabus, the dropped chapter titled “The Mughal Court: Reconstructing Histories through Chronicles” has also been removed.
This, however, is not the first time that CBSE has removed particular chapters from the syllabus that have been part of the curriculum for decades. Earlier, in 2020, the CBSE announced that chapters on federalism, citizenship, nationalism, and secularism in class 11 political science textbook would not be considered while assessing students, triggering a major controversy. However, the topics were restored in the 2021–22 academic session, and they still remain a part of the curriculum.