After an uproar, the state government yesterday said it has decided to withdraw the controversial chapter, which was dubbed as 'highly objectionable' by opposition Congress. The textbook published by Chhattisgarh Board of Secondary Education states that the ratio of unemployment of men increased after Independence because women have started working in all sectors.
"The chapter (which contains controversial representation of women) will be withdrawn from the textbooks. I have issued directives in this regard to take immediate action," School Education Minister Kedar Kashyap told.
“The chapter will not be taught in the current academic session and it will be removed from the next year,” Kashyap added. “The chapter has been there in the textbooks since 2008 and an investigation will be conducted to identify those responsible for it. This will be followed by appropriate action against the guilty," the minister added.
“Besides, the School Education Department will form a committee to evaluate contents of all textbooks of higher classes- 10th, 11th and 12th,” he said.
A teacher from the tribal-dominated Jashpur district had filed a complaint last month with the state Women's Commission over the issue citing it as violation of constitution which provides equal rights to men and women.
"Constitution provides women equal right over jobs with men then how can they blame females for rising unemployment of males. Students should be taught about actual cause of unemployment rather than such prejudiced reasons," Soumya Garg, a teacher with Sarswati Shishu Mandir, Jashpur said.

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