Popular Front demands withdrawal of CBSE’s yoga circular to Schools

New Delhi: Popular Front of India Chairman KM Shareef in a statement demanded that Central Board of Secondary Education withdraw the controversial circular it had sent to all schools under it, as part of the celebration of International Day of Yoga. It is the very spirit of our secular constitution that is being questioned by making any particular religious practice part of an school curriculum. The CBSE circular goes as far as asking schools to implement controversial ‘Common Yoga protocol’, developed by the Ministry of AYUSH, which begins with the chanting of ‘Om’ and other Hindu religious Shlokas for children of classes VI and above. Not only it has advised schools to impose a culturally controversial practice on students but also to include yoga as an activity for assessment under Comprehensive and Continuous Evaluation (CCE) of students and provide grades for it in the report card. Clearly, the circular is absurd without any pedagogical significance and an assault on the religious freedom of minorities. Shareef called upon the civil society to forefront together for the withdrawal of the controversial CBSE circular.

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