NCERT textbooks are riddled with 1,300 factual errors

PUBLISH DATE 20th August 2017

Over 1,300 factual errors have been identified during the ongoing review of school textbooks published by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT). Stating that the council will correct the errors, human resource development minister Prakash Javadekar said nearly 900 teachers had sent over 2,500 suggestions for correction in textbooks. Earlier this year, NCERT decided to review all its books as they were written over a decade ago and needed to be updated.The books were published in 2007, post the National Curriculum Framework (NCF), 2005. The council had sought suggestions from teachers for factual errors and updation.

Javadekar said the books are not being revised but only reviewed for factual errors. Revision of books and curriculum framework is a poli cy decision and reviewing of books is to plug the gaps. Apart from factual errors, these books created a decade ago, needed a lot of information to be updated.

“This is not a revision, but a review . A large number of teachers sent their suggestions.NCERT received around 2,500 suggestions and of those1,300 are found to be correct,“ said the HRD minister .

Javadekar said NCERT is going to upda te the books and the pro cess is likely to be done before the start of the next academic session. “ Also a new portal has been created which will help schools order the books and it will ensure timely supply ,“ said Javadekar .

According to MHRD, NCERT has printed and supplied 4.5 crore copies of textbooks this year and council is anticipating orders to the tune of 6 crore copies next year . In all, there has been 4 NCFs --1975,1988, 2000 and 2005-brought out by NCERT. The last NCF was under chairmanship of professor Yashpal in 2005.

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