In a bid to transform the education of the northeastern state of Tripura for the best, the newly appointed Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb announced the culmination of leftist education and the introduction of NCERT or National Council of Educational Research and Training education in the government-run schools.
Charging the Tripura Board of Secondary Education for spreading Marxist propaganda to school children through their syllabus, the chief minister also said that he was in the process of “setting up a committee” to decide on the NCERT syllabus.
Speaking to the Indian Express at the Niti Aayog Meet for the northeast, CM Deb also said that although the northeastern state has one of the highest literary rates in the country (around 95 per cent), the quality of education is not up to the mark. He said that his preliminary aim is to provide “education for all and health for all.” He was quoted saying:
When I say education, I mean quality education and not just numbers. The Communists only wanted the people of Tripura to study Mao (Zedong) and forget our Hindu kings. They removed Mahatma Gandhi from textbooks in government-run schools. I am going to implement NCERT syllabus in all these schools which will also have chapters on Tripura’s history.
Further talking about education he expressed his dismay at seeing pages after pages of textbooks documenting the Russian and French Revolutions, even including articles on Nazism, the rise of Adolf Hitler and the birth of cricket in England but not a single reference being made to the likes of Rani Laxmibai and Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. And all of these made to the syllabus of Class IX to Class XII.
Criticizing the erstwhile leftist government Manik Sarkar, Deb said:
When I moved into the CM’s office where Manik Sarkar sat for so many years, I was amazed that his table had no National Flag. I got the Tricolour on that table for the first time.
It may be noted here that BJP swept the Tripura polls by winning 35 of the 59 seats; thereby ousting the CPM, which won only in 17 Assembly constituencies.