'Make state textbooks on par with NCERT'

'Make state textbooks on par with NCERT'

The Associated Managements of Primary and Secondary Schools in Karnataka (KAMS) has submitted a memorandum to the state education department, demanding the state revise its textbooks, failing which they would seek a legal remedy in the matter.

They sought the government revise the textbooks of the state syllabus so that it be on par with the NCERT textbooks.

The textbooks being used at present are not as per the National Curriculum Framework (NCF) 2005, they said.

Giving examples from an analysis of the textbooks conducted by NCERT, the association has said that the textbooks are not learner-centric.

For instance, the analysis pointed out that the Mathematics textbooks for Class V did not have enough examples of real-life applications of concepts they were learning. Concepts in the Science textbooks are not introduced at the appropriate age level, encouraging rote learning. Activities are too classroom-centric and don't encourage exploring outside the classroom, the analysis said.

The state syllabus textbooks for the 2017-18 academic year were revised by a committee headed by scholar, Baraguru Ramachandrappa.

Based on these observations, KAMS has said that 'it is devastating to know that the books are substandard and not par with the recommendation of NCERT'.

They said that providing poor quality textbooks amounts to violation of a child's rights as students will not be able to face competition from their peers studying in other boards.

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