MUMBAI: Around three million school textbooks with maps that locate Kanheri Caves under water and Delhi on the eastern bank of Yamuna (most of the city is on the western bank) will soon be corrected, the Maharashtra State Bureau of Textbook Production and Curriculum Research (Balbharti) said on Thursday.
The wrong maps are in the Class 6 history textbooks, some of which already have been distributed to students. The board said that while the mistakes in the Marathi textbooks, which have been handed over to students, will be corrected through a circular, corrected maps will be inserted in the books in English and other regional language textbooks, as those are yet to be distributed.
HT had reported on May 25 about the textbooks, which are based on the recently released school syllabus, having glaring errors. Apart from showing Kanheri Caves, which located inside the Sanjay Gandhi National Park at Borivli, in the Arabian Sea and wrongly locating Delhi, the maps mark the Mediterranean Sea as a land mass.
Following the HT report, Balbharti pointed out the mistakes to the board of experts involved in writing the textbooks and the board has now accepted two of the major mistakes. “The board agreed that the Kanheri Caves have wrongly been marked to be off the coast of Mumbai, under the Arabian Sea instead of at Borivli,” Sunil Magar, director, Balbharti told HT. “Similarly, Delhi has also been wrongly shown to be on the east bank of river Yamuna.”
Magar said the bureau has decided in a recent meeting to rectify these mistakes. “We have not yet released 17 to 30 lakh textbooks of English and other regional languages, so we will first correct those books,” said Magar. “For the textbooks that have already hit the markets, teachers will be asked to refer to the circular listing out the corrections.”
However, the bureau has not addressed several other mistakes in the textbooks pointed out by the academicians. They have also not responded to the accusation that the same people, who were responsible for the embarrassing mistakes in the Class 10 geography textbooks in 2014, were allowed to work on these textbooks.