Doubts arise on MP chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and his government’s knowledge about lessons on late Dr APJ Abdul Kalam being taught in government schools.
A day after the former president’s death, Chouhan and his minister of state for school education, Deepak Joshi had said that lessons on his life would be incorporated in school curriculum.
According to information available with HT, lessons based on Dr Kalam’s life and achievements are already being taught from class 5 till class 12 in various books. In class 5, it is taught in Hindi titled ‘Mitra ko Patra’ (Letter to a friend). No lesson on Kalam is taught in class 6, while in class 7, ‘Dr Kalam ke Jeevan ke Prasang’ (Incidents from Dr Kalam’s life) is taught.
In class 9, a chapter on Dr Kalam finds place in Hindi and science textbooks. ‘Dharm aur vigyan ka sahkar’ (co-existence of religion and science), an essay, is in place in the Hindi textbook, while in the science textbook, Kalam finds mention in the chapter titled ‘Vigyan evam usak Itihas’ (Science and its history).
In English curriculum of state-run schools in MP, a lesson by the name of ‘The making of the missile man’ is taught in class 8.
In class 9, it is taught again by the title ‘The mission Agni’. ‘One step ahead’ is the chapter on Kalam that is taught in class 10. In class 12, the scientist finds place in the General English textbook with reference to his India Vision-2020.
The CM House press cell, however, refused to comment on the matter and said it is better to ask the school education department.
Joshi defended himself in an interview with HT on Monday, saying Kalam was also a poet, besides being a motivational speaker.
“Other facets of his life would also be added to the existing chapters. He had addressed several gatherings of students. We shall try to compile those speeches and introduce them from school to colleges,” said Joshi, talking to HT.
Former member of standing committee of school text books, Bhagirath Kumrawat said that lessons on Kalam are being taught in almost all classes above 5. “We may modify some lessons if the need arises,” he said.