Kerala to Include Constitution Preamble in School Textbooks

Kerala to Include Constitution Preamble in School Textbooks

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The Left Government in Kerala has decided to include the preamble to the national Constitution in school textbooks for grades 1-10.
Kerala to Include Constitution Preamble in School Textbooks

In Kerala's updated school textbooks, the preamble to the national Constitution will be included for the first time in the state's history.

The CPI(M)-led Left Government has decided to include the preamble in textbooks for grades 1-10 as part of its attempts to instill constitutional principles in children's brains, official sources stated here on Wednesday.

V Sivankutty, General Education Minister and Chairman of the State Curriculum Committee, made the crucial decision here yesterday.

The State Curriculum Steering Committee has authorized 173 new textbooks for Classes I, III, V, VII, and IX as part of a decade-long curriculum reform initiative.

"It is the first time that the preamble of the Constitution is included and printed at the start of every textbook," Sivankutty said.

The minister stated that the LDF government has made it clear from the beginning that the southern state would undertake reform efforts that protect constitutional norms.

According to Jayaprakash R K, director of the State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT), several NCERT textbooks already include the preamble to the Constitution, but Kerala is the first to launch such an endeavor.

SCERT is an autonomous agency in charge of designing, implementing, and evaluating all academic courses from pre-school to the high school levels.

"The Preamble will be part of all the revised textbooks in the state. It will also be made a part of the teachers training. This will help both teachers and students understand the core of the Preamble to the Constitution," he told PTI.

If the medium of the textbook is Malayalam, the preamble would be in Malayalam. It will be in Tamil in Tamil textbooks and in Hindi in Hindi textbooks, he said.

When asked why the government decided to include the preamble in school textbooks, he stated that the initiative's goal is to educate young people about the importance of the Constitution.

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