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Fresh errors emerge in Class X textbook

State government sits on proposal to form separate wing for error-free textbooks

Written by PRASAD JOSHI | Pune | Published: July 18, 2013 2:29:54 am

Under fire for errors in some of the textbooks issued after the recent syllabus upgrade,there is more embarrassment in store for the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) with more errors being reported in a Class X textbook.

The English medium textbook of History and Political Science,names the first Secretary General of the UN Trygve Lie as ‘Trigwelli’,while the International Labour Organisation (ILO) has been printed as ‘International Workers Organisation’.

Though the newly surfaced textbook errors are not that serious in nature compared to those reported recently like the state of Arunachal Pradesh being shown axed from the map of India,stakeholders have questioned the collective wisdom of the concerned authorities for allowing such errors to creep in textbooks.

Meanwhile,the MSBSHSE’s plan to set up a separate academic wing to ensure ‘error-free’ textbooks on subjects like civics and humanities,is stuck with the state government sitting on it for more than two months.

Waking up to the recommendations of the committee of MLAs constituted following goof-ups in textbooks around five-years ago,the state board had charted a proposal to form separate wing and had forwarded it to the state government in May. Commenting on latest errors reported from Class X textbook,MSBSHSE chairman Sarjerao Jadhav said the group of translators entrusted with the task of translating the concerned textbook was to be blamed for the errors.

“We have taken due cognizance of the matter and intimated all schools and teachers about the same. We have also notified the errors in the state board’s mouthpiece Shikshan Sankraman that reaches most of the schools in the state,” he said.

Reacting on latest textbook errors,educational activist Matin Mujawar said collective wisdom and general knowledge of concerned board of studies and translators involved in framing of said textbook must be doubted.

“These mistakes also implies that experts involved have a laid back attitude towards their task. We cannot except such mistakes to happen in today’s age of Internet where online knowledge resources like Wikipedia are just a click away,” he said,adding the state government must expedite the procedure to set up separate wing for error-free


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