Revised textbooks in Karnataka to get an attached corrigendum
Former PM HD Deve Gowda had pointed out some of the ‘innumerable’ mistakes by the Chakrathirtha committee
The Karnataka Education Department got down to rectifying the errors of the now-disbanded Rohit Chakrathirtha-led revision committee with the formation of an internal committee of teachers and principals. The team, devoid of educationists, thinkers and litterateurs, will come out with a handout that will be printed to go with the textbooks this year.
The move comes after a series of appeals to the state government to revoke the Chakrathirtha committee’s textbook revisions. The latest in the series of letters was one by former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda to Chief minister Basavaraj Bommai. The former PM had pointed out some of the ‘innumerable’ mistakes by the Chakrathirtha committee, following which, the CM is said to have resolved to fix the mistake.
“The mistakes in the revision are innumerable. From the social science textbook, Kuvempu’s photo has been removed from the lesson ‘Ekikarana’. Basavanna’s aspirations for a (social) movement were dropped. Ambedkar’s description as the architect of the constitution was removed. Content about Akka, Kanaka, Purandara, Shareif, among others saints has been removed. Writings on Kempegowda, Surapura Nayakas have been reduced,” the former PM had pointed out.
This time, the corrections are expected to be quicker as the limited number of teachers and principals will scrutinise the criticisms that have come in from all quarters and seek to rectify them.
At least 12 litterateurs had withdrawn their consent to publish their works in state board textbooks which were revised by the revision committee. Moreover, six persons resigned from various posts in state-government based academies and academic posts.