“Government forced to implement it from this year because of political pressure”

Describing the Samacheer Kalvi curriculum as “half-baked”, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa said her government was forced to implement it from this academic year because of political pressure.

Intervening in the discussion on school education, Ms. Jayalalithaa said her government was not against Samacheer Kalvi but sought one year timeframe to improve the quality of curriculum. However, leaders of political parties, including Left parties and Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) insisted on its implementation from this year itself.

The government went to the court and was now implementing it this year as per the court's direction, she said adding that there was no point in complaining now (about the low quality of textbooks).

Recalling the political parties' complaint that Rs 200 crore spent on printing the textbooks would go waste if Samacheer Kalvi was not implemented this year, she said after the distribution of books it came to light that there were lot of factual errors. They had wrongly printed even the date of birth of K. Kamaraj and Lal Bahadur Shastri, she pointed out.

Intervening in the discussion, School Education Minister C.Ve. Shanmugam said that the textbooks had mostly pictures and there was an attempt to poison the young minds by references to Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) repeatedly.Leaders of the Left parties in the House said they were for the implementation of the Samacheer Kalvi this year and at the same time for distribution of textbooks with corrections.

Factual errors

Replying, Chief Minister wondered how it would be possible to distribute the textbooks printed with factual errors and at the same time modify them.

Desiya Murpokku Dravidar Kazhagam (DMDK) recorded in the House that the party stood by the government on this issue.