State syllabus textbooks not learner-friendly: NCERT

Report says textbooks lack activities that would help develop critical thinking in kids

Published: 16th December 2017 02:02 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th December 2017 10:24 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

BENGALURU: THE textbooks prepared by State Department of Education Research and Training (DSERT) lack activities that would help develop critical thinking in children, says the review done by the National Council for Education Research and Training (NCERT).

The review was done following the instructions given by ministry of Human Resource Development as there was controversy regarding the textbook content in state and some BJP leaders had approached union ministry in this regard. However, NCERT was able to review only the English version of the text books.
A team constituted by NCERT involving several subject experts analysed the text books printed and published by DSERT, which are used to teach at schools affiliated to state board in the state, and submitted a report to NCERT. The same has been forwarded to state department of public instructions. The team has done the subject-wise analysis for class 1 to 10 and submitted general observation, suggestions and also listed the mistakes and errors in the textbooks.

As per observation, the content in the textbooks generally lack activities that would help develop critical thinking, and constructive approach has not been given adequate space. Textbooks in general are not learner-centred. “The activities do not create space for learners to connect with their experiences,” it says.
“Though there is no bias in terms of gender, inclusion and environment throughout the text books, they lack activities/tasks/text that would sensitise the learners towards these concerns,” the report mentioned.

NCERT observation

Though an attempt has been made to connect with day-to-day experiences of children, it needs to be made more extensively
Does not provide conceptual knowledge
Burdens the children for rote memorisation
Textbooks do not cater to the idea of inclusion and there are no examples of marginalised groups and children with special needs in the science and mathematics textbooks


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp