The whole textbook row has started affecting junior students of ICSE and CBSE boards as well, and it’s a doozy.
Story so far: For some time now, the headlines have been all about the textbook row in Karnataka. Basically, the government has been accused of spreading right-wing sentiments through the textbooks of Classes 6 to 8. These accusations spread and now, several writers and academics are protesting against the saffronisation of education in the state.
- The main issue was with the textbooks given to schools that follow the state syllabus. Unfortunately, the problems have bled into other boards as well.
- Now, younger students of CBSE and ICSE boards have to continue their classes without a proper Kannada textbook. This includes kids of Classes 3 and 4.
Why the delay: Kannada textbooks are printed by the Karnataka Textbook Society which is facing most of the backlash right now. Thus, to not aggravate the issue, the society is basically walking on eggshells on its way to the printing press.
- Schools have started asking older students to photocopy their textbooks for the younger ones.