Experts concerned over errors in Karnataka textbooks

BENGALURU: Pointing out numerous mistakes and errors in the content and the design of textbooks published by the state for school students, educationists and experts have called for revising them. They claimed that this was one of the reason the students from state were faring poorly at the national level exams.

Members of the Karnataka Associated Managements of Primary and Secondary Schools (KAMS) have taken up the matter with the Director of DSERT to revise these books as per the National Council for Education Research and Training (NCERT) recommendations. "The state government is failing to follow the NCERT and National Curriculum Framework (NCF) 2005 guidelines and this has contributed towards substandard learning provided to the students," said D. Shashikumar, general secretary of KAMS.

The Association has also demanded assurance in writing from the state government to revise the books before the upcoming academic year. 

For Manaswini P, a primary school teacher, the errors in the textbook have turned out to be a challenge while teaching students. “When a student finds that what I teach is different from what is printed material they own, confusions arise. The state government should ensure that only correct information gets printed," she said.

Venkata Subbaiah Chetty, president of Unaided Schools Association in Ramanagara said the officials in charge of printing and publishing affairs should strategise better research methods to ensure error-free textbooks.

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