Election Commission and Ministry of National Education Signed a Contract to Bring Electoral Literacy to Schools ReadingS


New Delhi: The Election Commission (EC) on Thursday signed an MoU with the Union education ministry to bring election literacy to classrooms across the country. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aims to integrate voter education and voter literacy into the curriculum framework from grade 6 to grade 12 in all schools.

In a statement, the EC said its “from classrooms to polling stations” philosophy would prepare students in schools for the first vote.

As part of the agreement, “democracy rooms” at high schools to display voter education materials and events were also proposed.

The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) will introduce and update textbooks to include content related to electoral literacy. It will make recommendations to state education boards as well as other education boards on this issue.

The integration will also include the curriculum frameworks of all colleges and universities designed to suit different disciplines.

The EC is concerned about low voter turnout and attributes this to the apathy of urbanites and youth. Of the 91 crore, almost 29.7 crore voters did not vote in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

“The voting percentage was 67.4 percent and the commission considered this a challenge for improvement,” the statement said. said.

Speaking about young voters recently, Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar had said that their minds and understanding should be inculcated about the important role of voters in democracy right from their student days.

“Catching them young. They have turned 18 and become voters, but they are not very aware of voting, morality and greatness. How to vote, who to vote for and all the issues to keep in mind – this background is not ready,” the then proposed MoU said. He said, referring to.

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