West Bengal to include Covid 19 in school syllabus

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For the first time in India, West Bengal has decided to include lessons of Covid 19 in the school syllabus from 2021. The officials have already started discussion on how to get the topic included in the syllabus, according to reports.

Chairperson of the expert committee of school education Aveek Majumder was quoted as saying that they started discussions soon after the Education Minister asked to look into introducing coronavirus in school syllabus.

He said that the committee would have discussions with doctors and health experts before finalising about the inclusion of the issue in the syllabus. They would be discussed about the approach of the subject and what all should be included in the lesson. He also said that discussions would also be held with child psychologists as the approach for including the topic for class 1 is not the same as that of Class 12. The officials said that the syllabus should be incorporated in such a way that it does not give any negative impact on the children.

The 12 member committee was set up by the Mamata Banerjee administration in 2011. The committee advises the government on what needs to be incorporated in the syllabus from pre-primary to class 12.

The committee will give its recommendations to the government and the final call will be that of the minister, the officials said.


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