Expert panel to study TN textbook row

A bench of justices B S Chauhan and Swatanter Kumar said the eight-member committee to be headed by the state chief secretary would submit its report within three weeks.
The panel, comprising  members from NCERT, would submit its report to the Madras High Court which is to pass appropriate orders.

The court, however, directed the Tamil Nadu Uniform System of School Education Act 2010 would continue to be implemented during the present academic session.

During the hearing, the court observed that the decisions taken administratively or through legislative measures and such changes emerging with political change or wisdom of legislature should have a paramount consideration for the interests of the student community.

The court passed the order while hearing an appeal filed by Tamil Nadu government against a Madras High Court order directing the state to continue with implementation of the Act, brought about in 2010-2011 by the previous DMK government as a common curriculum for school children till Class X. The Act passed in 2010-2011 by the previous DMK government had introduced a common curriculum for school children till Class X as prior to that the state had four streams—Matriculation, Anglo-Indian, Oriental and State Board which lacked quality.

According to an estimate, the DMK government had published 9 crore textbooks at a cost of Rs 200 crore.

The new dispensation led by AIADMK is opposed to the content of some of these books which carry poems by  Karunanidhi and Kanimozhi, who is facing charges of criminal conspiracy in the 2G spectrum allocation case.

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