Pune: The new textbooks, designed according to the revised syllabus of Std X this year, are all set to be released before the new academic year begins, which is by the month of April.
While the syllabus for Std VII and IX changed last year, that of Std VIII and X is set to be revised this year.
“The classes of Std X usually start early, as the teachers need to complete their portion by the month of December, in time for the preliminary examination. Considering this, we have decided to bring the textbooks out in the market early this year. The process of textbooks designing is already underway, and we are aiming to finish the work as soon as possible,” Sunil Magar, Director, Balbharati, said.
Last year, the new language textbooks of Std IX were not out in the market until a month after the schools re-opened, causing the parents and students to complain. Taking a cue from this, the Maharashtra State Bureau of Textbook Production and Curriculum Research decided to bring the textbooks out early. This is the first year that the Bureau is designing the textbooks instead of the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education.
“We haven’t yet decided the exact date of the release of the textbooks, but it will certainly be before the examination,” Magar said.
Speaking about the leak of Std X syllabus on social media, he said that the matter is being investigated by the police. “Although the syllabus has been leaked, whether the Bureau is responsible for this, or any other element, is still unclear. Anyway, the leak of the syllabus wouldn’t really cause any harm to anyone. However, we have registered a complaint to probe the matter to find out how and by whom the syllabus was leaked,” he added.