Will introduce new textbooks from 2016-17: Government

The government on Thursday stuck to its stand that new textbooks for Classes I to X will be introduced from academic year 2017-18.

“The textbooks will be printed and distributed to students before the commencement of the academic year. There is no question of postponing their introduction,” Primary and Secondary Education Minister Tanveer Sait told the Assembly.

BJP members, who raised the issue, urged the government not to rush through introduction of the new books. “As many as five crore textbooks spanning 411 titles in seven languages will have to be printed. Besides, there is a need for a debate on what has been added and removed,” Vishvesvara Hegde Kageri (BJP) said.

S Suresh Kumar (BJP) pointed out that the word “motherland” had been removed from the textbooks during the revision process. “We are all proud of our motherland. Why did you find it unethical ?”, he asked.

The BJP members staged a walkout after Sait said the government is going ahead with introduction of the new textbooks.
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