THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The State Council Educational Research and Training (SCERT) has come out with a slew of new textbooks for schools, including higher secondary, for the coming academic year. Of these, the higher secondary textbooks introduced will cover 14 subjects, said a press release issued by SCERT director K A Hashim here the other day.
Among the books for higher secondary, texts for optional subject Kannada have been prepared by SCERT for the first time. Till now, it was the books and syllabus prepared by the Karnataka government that were being followed as such in Kerala, he said.
Apart from these, proper textbooks have also been prepared for higher secondary in several subjects which where hitherto dependant on reference books, the SCERT release said. The 14 subjects are anthropology, journalism, social work, Gandhian studies, home science, electronics, Latin, German, Russian, French, Syriac, geology, Islamic history and music.
Also for the first time, Sanskrit textbooks and textbooks in English medium for classes 1 to 3 will also be published. The study of Sanskrit is to be introduced from class 1 itself starting next year.
“Though English medium education was there, books for the same were not available. It is this lacuna that SCERT has attempted to fill,” the release stated.
Furthermore, a textbook for Mathematics, to encourage its study in class 1, has also been prepared, Hashim said in the release.
In addition to the above mentioned, separate DVDs, to serve as interactive teaching aids, are also being given with the teacher handbooks prepared for classes one, three, five and seven.