:The Communist Party of India (Marxist) has urged the State government to continue implementing the “Samacheer Kalvi” (uniform syllabus) this year also, without any delay.

In a statement, CPI(M) state secretary G. Ramakrishnan pointed out that the scheme came into being last year and accordingly it was introduced for I and VI standards. During the current academic year, it should have been introduced for the II to V and VII to X standards.

However, the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam government, which had just taken over the reins of power, had passed a bill to postpone the uniform syllabus.

It had also clarified that it was not opposed to the system per se but wanted to redress certain flaws found in the syllabus.

Meanwhile, Madras High court had stayed the operation of the amendment passed by the State Assembly and ordered that the samcheer kalvi system be continued.

At the same time, it had said that there was no bar on deleting any material from or adding new material to the text books.

Mr.Ramakrishnan said his party had appealed to the State Government to initiate measures to rectify the flaws in the text books and improve the standard of education while implementing the uniform syllabus. This had been emphasiszed by various sections of society including educationists and students.

Hence, the CPI-M pleaded that the State Government should continue implementing the uniform syllabus without any delay taking into account the stay of the Madras High Court and ensure that the schools reopened on June 15 as announced earlier. In addition, the constructive features of the Muthukumaran Committee report should be implemented within a time frame.

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