Kerala, one of the few states in India that has a literacy rate of more than 90% is in a 'state' of irony right now.
According to an India Today report, the 'reasons' are published on page 60 of the Class 10 Biology textbook which is published by State Council of Education Research and Training (SCERT). The page has a graphic which shows a number of reasons through which HIV can be spread. One of the reasons is stated as 'Through premarital/ extra marital sexual contact'.
The report also adds that it was brought to light by a teacher who noticed the error and posted about it on social media.
A state official has made a statement on the goof-up and has assured that the mistake will be rectified in the next session.
This mistake has come to our notice and we have rectified it. We have removed this part and from the next academic year beginning in June, the text will not have this portion.
According to the Directorate of Public Instruction, the revised edition of the textbook has been in the system since the 2014-15 academic year. It was declared by a committee of school teachers and experts and not the present team.
This has caught a lot of people's attention on the internet since Kerala is known for its efficient education system and high literacy rate.
Did you know that HIV spreads “through premarital/extramarital sexual contact” ?? The virus contains a nano chip which detects whether the person is married or not. https://t.co/VDLq6UW4YO— Spoilt Modern Woman (@SpoiltWoman) March 5, 2019
Fake Education in #Kerala, 100% literacy??🙄— CONgress Mukt Bharat (@sagenaradamuni) March 5, 2019
Kerala textbook says #HIV spreads through pre or extramarital sex🤔
HIV mainly spreads by:
1/ Unsafe sexual practices
2/ Unscreened Blood transfusion
3/ Sharing needles during IV drug abuse
4/ Mother to Child
"How does the virus know whether the couple is married or not?" https://t.co/hlyGKjgPb4— Bhavika Sicka (@BhavikaSicka) March 6, 2019
And then you read such absurd news about 'godsowncountry'..https://t.co/MbpMIKlgGR— Amita Karadkhedkar (@askaradkhedkar) March 5, 2019
😑😑— Meghana میگھنا मेघना ਮੇਘਨਾ :-) (@archimags) March 5, 2019
Mercifully, they're planning to correct it.
"Kerala textbook says HIV spreads through premarital or extramarital sex https://t.co/1QZDWCVDLY"
This is because they probably don't see the difference between unsafe sex and premarital sex. Which is even worse.https://t.co/eJx2I1dZoU— Agratha (@Agratha) March 5, 2019
At this rate, Kerala schools will soon teach that marriage will heal youngsters of substance abuse and alcoholism.— Oommen C. Kurian (@oommen) March 5, 2019
Kerala state textbook states HIV spreads via ‘premarital/extramarital sexual contact’ | The News Minute https://t.co/M3M3SkvysB
Fake news has infiltrated our education system.