'Students should be taught Gita, Quran, Bible twice a week'

School students must be taught from six major religious texts – including the Gita, Quran and Bible – to inculcate tolerance for different faiths, Union women and child development (WCD) minister Maneka Gandhi has said.

These days, there is a lot of religion-based tension. One of the reasons is that children don’t know enough of other religions, and operate on blind hatred. Teaching from scriptures of major religions such as Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Sikhism and Islam will help dispel religious stereotypes that students develop at a young age,” Gandhi said.

The Union minister, who raised the matter at the Central Advisory Board of Education meeting on Monday, now plans to ask the human resource development (HRD) ministry to conduct classes on the six religious scriptures at least twice a week.

How many of us have read our religious scriptures? I have read the Quran. How many of us know that Prophet Mohammed was anti-war? We were taught moral science during our school days, but it is not done anymore,” Gandhi said.

The Union minister also spoke on ways to regulate playschools across the country during the meeting. Although the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights – the country’s key child rights panel – has framed guidelines for the purpose, they are hardly ever enforced.

The WCD ministry has no feet on the ground to do it (regulate playschools). Enforcement has to be done by the HRD ministry. I have requested the HRD minister to take up this issue, so we can work jointly towards a solution,” Gandhi said.

She has suggested to her counterpart in the HRD ministry that playschools be attached to the nearest government school, so the principal of that institution could be made responsible for ensuring that the prescribed guidelines are followed.


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