To revive the syllabus and to it at par with the syllabus of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) has changed 33 textbooks from Classes 1 to 12 from the new academic session. However, some schools of the district, which havenot yet received the textbooks, are still teaching students with last year’s old and torn textbooks.
The board has changed textbooks for Class 1(English and Punjabi), Class 2 (English and Punjabi), Class 3 (Punjabi and mathematics) and Class 4 (Punjabi, environment science and mathematics).
Syllabus of Punjabi grammar, English reader, mathematics, science, social studies and home science has been changed for Class 6 while English, mathematics, science and social studies for Class 7. For Class 8, there has been a change of syllabus in English, Punjabi and social studies subjects while Hindi grammar, Punjabi novel, Punjabi grammar, science, knitting and weaving and home science for Class 9. The syllabus of mathematics and knitting and weaving has been changed for Class 10, general Punjabi, knitting technology (vocational) for Class 11 and knitting technology for Class 12. There is no change in the Class 5 syllabus.
Harjit Ram , principal , Government Senior Secondary School, GobindNagar, said, “We have not received textbooks yet, and students are studying with old books. Although I am aware of the fact that the syllabus of some of the subjects has been changed but we have to teach students, at least with the old books, till we get the new ones.”
Though Government Model Senior Secondary School, PAU, has received textbooks for the primary wing.
The school has strength of 2,500 students out of which, there are total 1,600 students in the secondary wing.
Baljinder Singh, PSEB book depot manager, said, “Though all 1,006 primary schools in the district have received textbooks, we have also sent textbooks to middle, high and senior secondary government schools.If any school is left, they will get them within in a day or so.”
CURSIVE WRITING BOOKS FOR STUDENTS
For the first time, the board has introduced cursive writing practice textbooks in the syllabus between Classes 2 and 5. Earlier they used to buy extra copies to write answers but now-will get textbooks in which there will be extra space for practice. The new move is aimed at reducing burden of carrying heavy bags.