Government panel finds texts used in primary schools subpar

Widespread plagiarism also found in Maths, English, Hindi books used by state boards

Published: 05th September 2016 03:19 AM  |   Last Updated: 05th September 2016 03:19 AM   |  A+A-


NEW DELHI: A government-appointed panel has found serious deficiencies and flaws in textbooks suggested for the primary level by the state boards, holding the authors of such books responsible for the future of students. The panel said that most authors write a book for only earning money. They hardly care about the capabilities and interests of the students.

The authors lift one paragraph from one book and another from another book. They have lost the spirit of originality in “competition for the number in the market”. Except for a few, the panel observed thatall are low-standard.

The get-up, the paper, the printing etc. are all below par. The method of treatment of the subject matter and the flow of language too are faulty, the panel said while making recommendations.

The panel set up by the NCERT  made observations while evaluating the Mathematics, English and Hindi textbooks published and followed by schools of the Bihar government. It evaluated the content, clarity of the concepts, appropriateness of illustrations and pictures, and quality of the questioning pattern etc. along with the overall aspects. The review comes amid growing criticism over the dwindling standard of education in the country. Various government reports have highlighted how students of Class V are unable to solve Class III math problem. The annual status of education report 2014-15 has revealed that Class V students have difficulty framing a simple sentence in English, let alone understand the subjects properly. In most subjects, there is a proliferation of substandard and badly produced books.

“The author should be a man of repute, well-qualified and experienced as he/she has to understand the learning capabilities and difficulties of the pupils,” the panel said. The suggestions assume significance as most state boards lack comprehensive guidelines for the content of the textbooks. In the primary classes, the need of a textbook is felt all the more because the students are immature.

Textbook should contain illustrations, charts, pictures to engage the students. The recommendations also call for unbiased content which doesn't hurt feelings of any community, caste or religion. The author should abstain from thrusting his/her personal view, they said.

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