Telangana State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) has finalised the proposed changes in the school syllabus and is likely to submit it to the government today. According to S Jagannath Reddy, director, SCERT, once the government approves it, the new syllabus will be out. He said if everything went well, they would announce the new syllabus within a week's time.
In the wake of formation of new State of Telangana, the government has constituted subject-wise expert committee to revise Telugu and Social Studies. Sources said the committee had proposed 40 per cent changes to Telugu and Social Sciences textbooks. The new syllabus will reflect Telangana culture, poets, festivals and eminent personalities in Telugu textbooks for Class I to Class X.
A senior official of SCERT said the content related to AP had been deleted from the syllabus. "Andhra culture, festivals and poets have been replaced with Telangana culture, festivals and so on. As per the guidelines listed out by National Council of Educational Research and Training, the syllabus has been re-framed," the official added.
Another official said Telangana history got a facelift in Social Studies. Students of class VI, VII and VIII will now study about the farmers' armed struggle, Nizam's rule, Telangana movement from 1969 to 2014 including K Chandrashekar Rao's fast unto death in 2009 in Social Studies.
"Telangana movement right from 1969 to 2014 and all other incidents have been placed in the history. The book will also feature Srikanth Chary who immolated self for the cause of the State. Likewise, several other persons are also featured in the textbook," an official who is acquainted with revision said.
Normally, the CD has to be given for printing in January so that printed textbooks will be available for distribution before the schools reopen. However, this year, due to the bifurcation of the State and also in the wake of revision of textbooks, there is a delay in the process. Last year textbooks were distributed before the reopening of schools and this year we may not be able to give before schools open," an official said.