BHOPAL: Books published by the National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) will be taught in the schools of the state from the next academic session.

At the cabinet meeting on Tuesday here, it was decided that NCERT books will be used in classes 1 to 7, 9 and 11 (mathematics, science and commerce streams) from the next academic session. NCERT books will be used in classes 8th, 10th and 12th from 2018-19 session.

Minister Narottam Mishra, giving details of the cabinet decisions, said the central government would be requested to get teachings of the Geeta, Vedic Mathematics and ancient Indian science in included in the books.

Currently, a portion of the Geeta is taught in middle classes in schools across the state but it would stop once the state switched to NCERT books. The state government intends to include those subjects, which are part of its Hindutva agenda, in the curriculum.

School education department maintains that the biggest reason behind implementation of NCERT curriculum in the state is students lagging behind in competitive examinations as questions in these examinations are mainly based on NCERT curriculum.

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