The State government has constituted a textbook commission following the recommendations made by the K.N. Panikkar committee which looked into the complaints against textbooks introduced in the State school curriculum in 2008.
The State government recently issued an order constituting an eight-member textbook commission with State Council for Education Research and Training (SCERT) Director M.A Khader as the convener.
Members of the commission include eminent academicians from across the country like Prof. Zoya Hasan of Jawaharlal Nehru University Centre for Political Studies; former State Science Technology and Environment Committee chairman and former dean of Faculty of Science, University of Kerala, Dr. C.G Ramachandran Nair; Prof. Rajeev Gupta of Department of Sociology, University of Rajasthan; head of Department of English, University of Kerala, Dr. Jameela Begum, writer Prof. George Onakkur; head master of PEM High School, Thiruvanchur, Fr. Alex Thomas, and former Kerala School Teacher's Association general secretary Rasheed Kanicherry.
The textbook commission, which has a term of three years, will have independent status and have its headquarters at SCERT.
Speaking to The Hindu, commission convener Dr. Khader said that the role and functions of the commission would be discussed at its first meeting, which would be held soon.
The K.N. Panikkar committee was entrusted to study the controversy surrounding the lesson ‘Mathamillatha Jeevan' which was introduced in the class seven social studies textbook in 2008. The committee had originally recommended constitution of a permanent commission which has the powers to review textbooks content and ensure quality.