New Delhi: Dinanath Batra, a former school teacher who runs the Shiksha Bachao Andolan Samiti and Shiksha Sanskriti Utthan Nyas, thinks there should be no sex education in schools.
“Certainly, no sex education… There is no need to teach about the reproductive system to the children till the age 19. They can learn about it when they are about to get married. Instead their super energy should be channelised to other things,” the activist was quoted as telling The Sunday Standard in an interview published on Sunday.
Batra’s name hit the headlines last year after he made Penguin publishers destroy copies of Indologist Wendy Doniger’s book The Hindus: An Alternative History, alleging it was offensive towards Hindus.
Batra, the 85-year-old activist from Delhi, was recently asked by the new BJP-led Haryana to advice on school education.
Batra, in the newspaper interview, also critiqued the current school education system.
“The current education system is devised by the followers of Marx and Thomas Macaulay. We want the new policy to include cultural and nationalist values,” he was quoted as saying while referring to the Central government’s proposed national education policy.
Batra reportedly also said that he wanted ancient Indian science, Indian history, Vedic mathematics, Sanskrit, personality development, life values, physical training be taught in schools.
Physical training, he reportedly said, should include ‘vichar’, practice of celibacy, yoga and value education free of superstition.
He has also reportedly sent a letter with his ideas for education revamp to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and HRD Minister Smriti Irani.
His proposals include primary education in mother tongue, middle and higher education in Hindi and other Indian languages, a core curriculum from primary to high school, gradation system for education institutes and students and universities adopting 10 villages, according to the newspaper interview.