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Ordinance to implement equitable standard education promulgated

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Thangam Thennarasu
Thangam Thennarasu

Meera Srinivasan

“We hope to send the textbooks for class I and VI by January”

CHENNAI: The State government has promulgated Tamil Nadu Uniform System of School Education Ordinance, 2009 to implement Equitable Standard School Education.

Promulgated by the Governor on Friday, it states: “The government shall, by notification, constitute a Board to be called as the State Common Board of School Education for the purpose of implementing the policy of the government to provide uniform school education in the State. The Board shall exercise the powers conferred, and perform the functions assigned to it, under this Ordinance.”

Queried on the rationale for the promulgation of the Ordinance ahead of the Assembly session, scheduled to be held in January or, latest, by February, School Education Minister Thangam Thennarasu said the government was committed to the cause and thought it needed to be implemented effectively.

“With the processes of syllabus framing and textbook writing going on in full swing, we hope to send the textbooks for class I and VI by January,” he told The Hindu on Wednesday. The Ordinance would give the exercise legal sanctity and arm the process being undertaken for thousands for students.

The Ordinance further adds that the State Common Board of School Education shall consist of ex-officio members, including the Director of School Education, who shall be the chairperson, Additional Secretary to Government, School Education Department, the Directors of Government Examinations, Matriculation Schools, Elementary Education, Teacher Education, Research and Training and the Joint Director of School Education (Secondary Education), who shall be the Member-Secretary.

Secular curriculum

In a statement, Mr. Thennarasu said the content of the new syllabus as per the Equitable Standard Education had nothing against any religion.

The new syllabus seeks to equip students to face challenges with courage and confidence.

The School Education Department involved senior academicians, teachers and others working in the field of education to evolve a secular curriculum.

Besides retaining songs on awareness and renaissance, the new syllabus includes excerpts from Thiruvasagam, Thevaram, Nalayira Divyaprabandam and Kambaramayanam.

“Arrival of Muslim rulers, their governance and impact are a part of our history. It is only on that basis that chapters on these have been included,” the statement said, adding that Periyar’s progressive thoughts were also part of the syllabus.

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