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AIADMK govt wants Kanimozhi’s poems out of Tamil Nadu textbooks

first_imgJayalalithaa wants poems written by Kanimozhi to be removed from textbooks in Tamil Nadu schools.Schools in Tamil Nadu are set to re-open for the new academic session on Wednesday. But students will have to troop to their classes with empty school bags, for they have no textbooks to study from.The change of guard in the Tamil Nadu assembly has led to a legal battle over the textbooks to be prescribed for all students except those in Classes I and VI. The AIADMK government wants, among other things, the poems written by DMK chief M. Karunanidhi’s daughter Kanimozhi to be removed from the curriculum.While the syllabus and textbooks introduced in Classes I and VI in the previous academic session will continue in 2011-12 session, it will take quite some time for students in other classes to know which textbooks have been prescribed for them.The peculiar situation arose after the AIADMK government, which decided to defer the new uniform system of education envisaged by the previous DMK government, approached the Supreme Court after the Madras High Court came in the way of its decision.The state government had filed a petition before the apex court challenging a stay ordered by the high court.The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the constitution of an expert committee to examine the ways and means of implementing the uniform system of education, to look into objections to the textbooks and the syllabus for all classes except Classes I and VI. A vacation bench comprising Justice B. S. Chauhan and Justice Swatanter Kumar refused to interfere with the curriculum for Classes I and VI, where the new system of education was introduced last year.advertisementThough the introduction of uniform system of education had already been upheld by courts earlier, the issues to be settled now include the modalities for implementation and the contents in the books.The state government has admitted that the validity of the new system had already been upheld by the high court and the Supreme Court but stressed that it had decided to postpone implementation till textbooks were prepared and norms were put in place.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img

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