Shakespeare, Wordsworth removed from English book
Prayagraj (Mahamedia) From the academic session 2020-21, Class XI students of schools affiliated to the UP Board will read Indian authors like Kushwant Singh and Nani Palkhiwala, instead of William Shakespeare and William Wordsworth. Similarly, Class IX students will study works of Vikram Seth, Mulk Raj Anand, RK Laxman, and Ruskin Bond.
English subject books based on the new NCERT syllabus for Classes 9 and 11, approved by the UP Board, are now available in the market at affordable rates, said Prayagraj district inspector of schools (DIOS) RN Vishwakarma. NCERT-syllabus based books for other subjects for students of Classes IX to XII in over 28,000 affiliated schools were being introduced since April 2018 onwards in a phased manner.
Many educationists have expressed a different opinion on UP Govt’s move to remove English authors like William Shakespeare. They opined that William Shakespeare is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the history of the English language and the world’s pre-eminent dramatist. He was the greatest inventor of words in English and created over 1,600 English words besides phrases and sentence-structuring style that has left a huge impact on the English language.
Earlier, in poetry, children of Class XI used to study Shakespeare’s ‘Mercy’ and Rudyard Kipling’s ‘If’ besides Sarojini Naidu’s ‘Palanquin bearers’ and Toru Dutt’s ‘Our Casuarina Tree’. In prose, they used to study eight stories including the much acclaimed ‘My struggle for an education’ by Booker T Washington and ‘The Kite Maker’ by Ruskin Bond, besides four short stories that included ‘Pen Wall’ by G Srinivasa Rao and ‘After Twenty Years’ by O Henry. The new book, ‘Reading skills’ for Class XI, has just eight chapters which includes Kushwant Singh’s ‘The Portrait of a Lady’, Nani Palkhivala’s ‘The Ailing Planet’ and Jayant Narliker’s ‘The Adventure’.