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Textbooks with errors proofread 4-5 times, checked by experts

mumbai Updated: May 20, 2013 02:11 IST
Puja Pednekar
Puja Pednekar
Hindustan Times
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The Class 10 state board textbooks are proofread four to five times and scrutinised by an expert committee before they are published. Despite this, glaring and embarrassing errors have recently come to light in the Class 10 history and geography textbooks.

On Sunday, the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Education sought an explanation from the members of the board of studies for history, after it was found that the world map published on the jackets of 17 lakh textbooks shows Arunachal Pradesh in Chinese territory. Last week, close to 10 lakh Class 10 new geography textbooks were recalled because of a similar error.

The state board has blamed the board of studies for the gaffe. Officials from the state board said the error in geography textbooks was because the map was scaled down, and the mistake was not present in the Marathi textbooks.

A member of the board of studies for history, on the other hand, claimed that the history books were translated from Marathi to English, though the norm dictates that books should be written first in English.

Sources said external translators were used for the process, since the board does not have an official translator. “First, we had a hard time finding writers who were up to the mark. The seven who were finally selected were comfortable with Marathi and wrote the textbooks in the language,’’ said a member of the board of studies for history, adding that this was against the norm.

Board chairperson Sarjerao Jadhav admitted the system is not fool proof. “Each time new textbooks are rolled out there are bound to be mistakes,’’ he said. He added that such mistakes are corrected as and when the teachers notice them and clarifications published in the official magazine of the board.