Under fire for blunders in some textbooks brought out after the recent syllabus upgrade,the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) has finally woken up to the recommendations of the committee of MLAs constituted following similar goof-ups around five-years ago.
As part of the groups recommendations,the state board has decided to set up a separate academic wing to ensure textbooks,especially on subjects like civics and humanities,are error-free. The proposed wing will work on the lines of the Maharashtra State Bureau of Textbook Production and Curriculum Research,popularly known as Balbharati.
A joint director post will be created in the state board to look after the proposed academic wing. This authority will be entrusted with the responsibility of bringing out flawless textbooks as well as question papers, MSBSHSE chairman Sarjerao Jadhav said.
The MSBSHSE,responsible for content generation,had been in news throughout this month,first for omitting Arunachal Pradesh from a map of India in Class X geography textbook and later not mentioning Andaman and Nicobar and Lakshadweep in a map on the last page of the recently released history textbook for Class X.
On reasons behind the State board sitting on recommendation of the committee for such a long period,Jadhav said the plan could not materialise at the government level for unavoidable reasons. We will send the proposal for creation of a new post for the proposed academic wing within a week, he added.
It has also come to light that all eight posts of evaluation officer with MSBSHSE have been vacant for long. These officers are supposed to offer crucial help to different study groups formed by the State board for generating content for textbooks,along with research officers,among others. Jadhav said efforts were on to fill vacant posts of the evaluation officer on priority in near future.