Std VIII textbooks to reach mkt late this academic yr

Prajakta Joshi
Monday, 21 May 2018

Although the principals said the parents might have mixed reactions to the delay as many tend to think that making their children study during vacations is necessary, they don’t think it is anything to be worried about.

PUNE: While the State Bureau of Textbook Production and Curriculum Research has released a statement that the Std VIII textbooks would reach the market slightly later than usual this year, the school principals in the city believe this will not have any adverse effect on the studies of the students.

Although the principals said the parents might have mixed reactions to the delay as many tend to think that making their children study during vacations is necessary, they don’t think it is anything to be worried about.

“Some schools like ours have other activities planned for students when they come back from vacation, so there isn’t any real teaching in the first week of the school. And anyway, even if we want to start teaching, we can always start with the basics, for example, grammar in English, which we know wouldn’t change even with the changed syllabus,” said Teresa David, Principal, Laxmanrao Apte Prashala.

The principals did insist that when there is a change in syllabus, the authorities must make the textbooks available on time, as its their responsibility.

The delay in printing of Std VIII textbooks is said to have been caused as the printing of Std X textbooks was done on a priority basis this year.

“The assessment of students from Std I to VIII still takes place through Continuous Comprehensive Assessment method. Although I believe that the authorities need to ensure that the textbooks are available to students in time, it wouldn’t affect students of the lower classes much. However, there is a possibility that the parents might be irked as many want their children to start learning from the vacation itself,” said Satish Gavali, Principal, Modern School.

Reacting to the ‘vacation study’, however, Teresa David stated that it is a horrible thing to make children learn during their vacation. “Continuous learning is a stressful process. The holidays are given to the children for a reason, and that reason is never served if the parents make them learn the syllabus, which they are any which ways going to learn in June. Instead, why don’t they pay attention to whether or not their child is learning properly when the school starts. I don’t think ‘not reading’ the textbooks in holidays could be much of a problem for Std VIII students,” David asserted.

BALBHARTI’S STATEMENT ABOUT THE DELAY
- The textbooks will this year be available by mid-June. Balbharti is working hard to make the new textbooks available to the students in time. 
- The textbooks of Std I and VIII that are supposed to be changed this year, are being printed at a fast pace. 
- Some of the Std VIII textbooks have been made available in the market, the rest will follow soon.
- Under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, the textbooks are supposed to reach the schools on the day the schools reopen, and Balbharti is working in full swing to try to make that happen.
(Issued by State Bureau of Textbook Production and Curriculum Research, signed by Sunil Magar, Director of Balbharti) 

School principals believe it will not really adversely affect students’ studies

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