Delhi's Deputy Chief Minister, Manish Sisodia, in a letter to Human Resource Development Minister, Prakash Javadekar said that the textbooks in schools should not be used as a tool to fight ideological battle and score points in politics instead they must be designed to suit the needs of the children.
"Successive governments have used education as an ideological battlefield that is used to force certain narratives on children. Education must not be a platform for such political point scoring. The design of our textbooks must be with the sole purpose of improving learning outcomes of our children." Sisodia, also the Education Minister, said.
He further said that the textbooks should help the children to create genuine interest and curiosity and not biased point of views.
The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) had invited the reviews on the NCERT textbooks from states. Sisodia presented a detailed critique on the issue of textbooks on the behalf of the Delhi government and wrote a letter to Prakash Javadekar on the same issue.
He told that the mentor teachers of the Delhi Government have created a supplementary material for classes 6 to 8 called 'Pragati', whose aim is to overcome shortcomings of the textbooks, as felt by the teachers.