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Fact check: India’s Class 9 Syllabus Doesn’t Include Any Dating & Relationship Chapter

Claim– India’s national curriculum of CBSE included a chapter on ‘Dating & Relationship’ in a book
Fact– The CBSE confirms that the viral image of the book is not a part of the national curriculum. 

A viral claim is making rounds on social media platforms, asserting that the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has integrated a chapter on “Dating and Relationship” into one of its textbooks for 9th graders. In the past few days, a post featuring an image apparently from a textbook with the title “Dating and Relationship” has gained significant traction. These posts allege that the CBSE has included content on dating and relationship terminology, such as “Ghosting,” “Catfishing,” and “Cyberbullying.” Even mainstream media outlets have joined the fray, further amplifying the claim. See the posts here, here, here, here and here. Most of the posts referred to NDTV’s report on this viral news. 

ss of the viral post
source: Facebook/User
ss of the viral post
source: Facebook/User
ss of the viral post
source: Facebook/User

Newschecker-Bangladesh has found this claim to be false. 

Fact check/Verification

The claim that a chapter on love and dating has been added to the ninth-grade textbooks by the CBSE board is not true. 

According to an IndiaToday report on February 4th, it has been stated that the viral claim on social media alleging the inclusion of a chapter on love and dating in the ninth-grade textbooks by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is false and baseless.

Recently, a portion of this claim, which went viral on social media, has been highlighted from their ‘X’(Twitter) handle, stating that “Recently, a portion of a textbook claimed to be added by the board on love, relationships, and dating, which is entirely false and unsubstantiated. No such chapter has been added by the board.”

SS of the CBSE HQ official X page where they confirmed the viral claim as false
source: X/CBSE HQ

While tracking down the claim we found a report by NDTV published on February 1, 2024. Which was even referred to as a source of the claim in the viral posts.

However, CBSE has cleared the air through an X post. 

The viral section on social media originates from the “Guide of Self Awareness & Empowerment,” published by Gagandeep Kaur and G. R. Publications. Importantly, it bears no connection to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).

SS of a post of G. Ram Books that acknowledges that they are the publishers of the viral book
source: X/G. Ram Books

Conclusion: 

Our thorough investigation has conclusively demonstrated that the widely circulated viral claim on social media regarding the inclusion of a chapter on love and dating in the ninth-grade textbooks by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is entirely unfounded. It is crucial to clarify that no such chapter has been incorporated or added by the board into the curriculum.

Result: False 

Sources
Report published by India Today, 4 Feb 2024
Tweet– CBSE
Tweet– G. Ram Books


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