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State board finds errors in Class 3 Pune Zilla Parishad school textbooks

Major chunk of errors are in the Marathi textbooks wherein seven chapters have been deleted and six chapters have been repeated

pune Updated: Aug 07, 2017 09:56 IST
Shrinivas Deshpande
Shrinivas Deshpande
Hindustan Times, Pune
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The errors question the functioning of Balbharati institute for school textbook production and research.(HT File Photo)

Maharashtra State Board of Primary Education has identified many errors in the Class 3 textbooks for Zilla Parishad schools for the current academic year. Major chunk of errors are in the Marathi textbooks wherein seven chapters have been deleted and six chapters have been repeated. Also, 16 pages of the book are missing from the textbooks of the Zilla Parishad primary school, Pune.

There are many mistakes in the Class 3 textbooks of the Zilla Parishad Primary School which question the functioning of Balbharati institute for school textbook production and research.Hindustan Times spoke with Zilla Parishad president Vishwasrao Devkate, “Instructions were given to the education officer regarding the errors identified. They have sent the letter of inquiry to the concerned person at Balbharati but since it is the weekend, the office will be closed. We will share more information regarding this on Tuesday.”

Balbharati distributes free books every year to students in primary schools of the state. While distributing books Balbharati must ensure accuracy and books distributed to each Zilla Parishad have to be evaluated before distribution. In reality, without scrutiny, the book was approved by the Zilla Parishad’s Primary Section Committee. member of Pune Zilla Parishad, Asha Buchake, asked the primary education department as to why the mistakes were not identified during scrutiny.

Although its been two months since the schools have started, yet the teachers of the primary schools have not been able to report these mistakes. Asha Buchake raised this issue in the standing committee meeting. Standing committee members expressed anger in this regard.

How are textbooks prepared?

The State board constitutes a study group for each subject

The study groups function with full autonomy

The group has 15 members who are subject experts from schools and colleges

The groups have a challenging job as they have to come up with a syllabus

They meet regularly and discuss the books before finalising a draft.

First Published: Aug 07, 2017 09:54 IST