'NCERT books teaching wrong facts about state'

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ajmer
  • Updated: Jan 10, 2015 16:03 IST

Government schoolteachers have been claiming that the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) books contain lots of factual errors about the state.

The books, which were introduced by the Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education two years ago, for Classes 6 to 10 in all government schools of the state and other schools affiliated with the Board, have been printing incorrect facts.

For instance, the social studies textbook for Class 10 describes Ranthambore as one of the districts of Rajasthan, however, Ranthambore is a sub-division of Sawai Madhopur district.

Not only this, the same book shows a Rajasthan map with 32 districts.

But actually, the state has 33 districts.

"We have informed the (NCERT) authorities, but no steps have been taken to rectify the errors," said Kamal Soni, a teacher at Topdara government senior secondary school in Ajmer.

Another teacher, Vandana Mathur, pointed out that the NCERT has a panel of subject experts and if they are committing such "factual errors" then "something is seriously wrong with the functioning of the country's top academic body".

Meanwhile, minister of state for education Vasudev Devnani has told Hindustan Times that he has directed the officials to look into the matter and remove the errors from the books.

"The matter was brought to my knowledge and I ordered my officials to remove errors from the books at the earliest so that no further confusion is created among the students and teachers," Devnani said.

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