Bengaluru, April 28 (KMS): The education department’s direction in the Indian state of Karnataka to Block Education Officers to inspect the syllabus of all Christian schools over making reading of Bible compulsory is likely to stir a controversy.
Education Minister B.C. Nagesh had given the directions after the case of the Clarence High School announced reading of the Bible compulsory came out.
The exercise is likely to be opposed by progressive thinkers and the Opposition Congress party.
Indian media quoting sources in the education department reported that considering the sensitivity of the issue and the present situation in the state, the exercise is bound to take a communal turn.
Most of the Christian schools have included the Christian value system as part of the curriculum. These inclusions have been made and taught to children since decades.
The ruling BJP which is pursuing aggressive Hindutva agenda has taken another step in this direction with regard to teaching of the Bible in Christian schools. The issue is all set to snowball into a major controversy in the coming days, said the media reports quoting sources in the Karnataka education ministry.