Mickey Mouse and other cartoon characters will enliven the text books of Class I children in Rajasthan from the next academic session to help get the children more interested in studies.
The Rajya Pustak Mandal has decided to print cartoons on the cover pages and make the books more colourful.
"Mickey Mouse would be on the cover page and if our plan is successful then we would incorporate similar changes in books for Classes 2 and 3," Vasudev Devnani, state minister for education, told IANS.
"Kids love cartoons the most. We want them to learn and enjoy at the same time," he said.
"It is a good step and would certainly help in generating the interest of students," Vivek Sharma, a father of a five-year-old daughter, said.
Despite its efforts, Rajasthan still has a high drop out rate, which as per estimates stands at over 34 per cent. The state government has taken various initiatives to improve educational standards in the state, including appointing around 41,000 teachers, while the appointment of another 31,000 teachers is being finalised.
The government has improved the student-teacher ratio in primary classes and secondary classes.
Under the Shiskha Sambal Mahaabhiyaan, 1.65 million children in the age group 6-14 years were enrolled while 9.6 million children were given free text books.