In a bid to boost voter turnout during elections, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has chalked out plans to teach electoral practices to school and college students.While there will be a national-level committee, a state-level committees will be formed in every state to provide their inputs on what the syllabus should include. A syllabus will be prepared to be included in civics and social studies subjects both at the SSC and Intermediate level in Telangana also.
A committee has been formed for the purpose and it will submit its report within three months. The chief electoral officer will be the chairman and the members will include principal secretary to government, director of school education; secretary, board of intermediate education; director, State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) and academics and experts selected by SCERT. The ECI has given specific directions on what the state-level committee should do.
The committee, apart from reviewing the existing curriculum material in civics/social studies, will suggest methodology to be adopted in the state to disseminate electoral literary in educational institutions and also in the informal education sector. Suggestions will also have to be sent to the national-level committee. The introduction of ‘electoral literary curriculum’ is part of the ECI’s programme called Systematic Voters Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP).
The additional chief electoral officer will be the member-convenor for the SVEEP. While many political parties and also NGOs take up the voter awareness programmes, the ECI has felt that electoral literacy should be included in the syllabus for students.The ECI will form a national-level committee to develop educational material for school curriculum and recommend implementation strategies.