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The Rajasthan government is all set to re-structure its school syllabus for classes I to XII to include more content reflecting Rajasthani and Indian culture, including Yoga and Vedic Mathematics.
School education minister Vasudev Devnani said the new curriculum would include chapters on great personalities from Rajasthan while foreign authors would be taught only when necessary.
“What is the need for children from Class I to VIII to study about the rest of the world? They should first know about Rajasthan, then about India and in higher classes they can learn about the world,” Devnani told The Indian Express.
He said the government did not interfere with the drafting of the syllabus, which was done by specialised agencies according to standard guidelines.
“For classes I to V, 75 per cent of the content will be drawn from Rajasthan, while 25 per cent from national culture, history, personalities etc. For VI to VIII, the content will be 50 per cent from Rajasthan and 50 per cent from all over India. And world content could be taught in higher classes. That is the general sense,” said Devnani.
The minister, however, said the new syllabus was being prepared by the State Institute of Educational Research and Training (SIERT) for elementary classes and by the Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education for higher classes and the “government had nothing to do with it”.
“We don’t write or re-write textbooks. That is done by specialised committees,” he said.
He denied reports that the government was mulling removal of chapters on African leader Nelson Mandela and British poets like William Wordsworth.