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Punjab school board changes books of 17 subjects to match up to NCERT, CBSE

Keeping up with its much-debated practice of changing textbooks annually and then not delivering them on time, Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) has yet again changed 17 textbooks of Classes 6 to 12 from the new academic session 2017-18.

punjab Updated: Feb 20, 2017 20:51 IST
Deepa Sharma Sood
The board has changed textbooks for Classes 6, 8, 9, 11 and 12.
The board has changed textbooks for Classes 6, 8, 9, 11 and 12. (HT File photo)

Keeping up with its much-debated practice of changing textbooks annually and then not delivering them on time, Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) has yet again changed 17 textbooks of Classes 6 to 12 from the new academic session 2017-18. The reason cited is, to bring the standard of these books at par with those by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) that are recommended by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).

However, teachers are not happy. The board has changed textbooks for Classes 6, 8, 9, 11 and 12.

For Class 6, textbook of Punjabi language has been changed. For Class 8, textbooks of physical education in all three mediums (Punjabi, Hindi and English), and for Class 9 the textbooks of English and Punjabi have been changed. The Class-11 textbook of physical education and games in Punjabi medium (vocational subject) and of agriculture subject in Punjabi medium have been changed.

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For Class 12, the board has changed 13 textbooks of main subjects such as mathematics, physics, chemistry and geography. Details of the exact changes are not known yet.

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A teacher requesting from Ludhiana, on the condition of anonymity, said, “Every year, the board changes the textbooks and does not send them till April 1. We have to start the new academic session from April, and it becomes difficult to conduct the classes without books. With a change in textbooks, teachers can’t teach students with old textbooks. The board needs to send the books by March 25.”

Talking to HT, Balbir Singh Dhol, PSEB chairman, said, “With time, we need to change our textbooks to bring our students on a par with CBSE students. We are making sure that textbooks reach schools before commencement of the new session. There are total 190 titles, and 59 have already reached our office.”