An initiative taken by the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) to start science subjects in Punjabi from this academic session seems to have been lost in its launching year as none of the schools is aware of the initiative, as a result of which students have missed out on the opportunity to read science subjects in Punjabi this year.
The initiative was taken keeping in view lakhs of students in Punjab, who found it difficult to pursue science in English medium. The PSEB had last year announced that it would start these subjects in their native language, Punjabi, as an option from the next academic session.
Also the books have not arrived yet in the schools despite the translation work of books was completed in April.
Students of Classes 11 and 12 at government and private schools, affiliated to the PSEB, will have an option to study physics, chemistry and biology in their mother tongue.
The education department has also translated books of physics, chemistry and biology in Punjabi. The translation of science textbooks from English to Punjabi was done in Jalandhar.
As many as seven teachers here had been assigned the task of translating the books.
Principal of a school said she did not know about the initiative as she was not a science teacher. She added that she would definitely let the students know about the initiative, the moment books will arrive.
Surprisingly, education officials are also not interested to encourage teaching of science subjects in Punjabi. One of the officials said, “There is no use to teach science in Punjabi because, ultimately, students will have to give entrance exams in English and that will create problems for them.”
One of the science teachers said, “It is funny when people say that studying science in Punjabi will not be helpful when giving entrance test. I just want to say that studying science does not always mean that a student will become a doctor; one must study science to make thinking rational”.
He added, “Studying science is a blessing; one develops practical and rational approach towards life and restricts one from falling prey to superstitions.”
PSEB chairman Tajinder Kaur Dhaliwal said, “We have already advertised it so much; even the matter was discussed in the Vidhan Sabha session, but if the schools are not aware about it, we will issue them a reminder about the step that has been taken.”
“The books will be given to the schools within 10 days,” she said.