Students fearing a delay in availability of textbooks can now heave a sigh of relief. Sarjerao Jadhav,who recently took over as director of Balbharati,has assured that books of all subjects will be made available before June 15,the day the new academic session begins.
Last year,many of the books had become expensive owing to the change in syllabus and inclusion of more illustrations.
However,for the current academic year,if there is any rise in prices of books,it will be nominal,Jadhav said.
Textbooks for Class I to VIII have already hit the market. Work on books of Class IX and X is on. Usually,the reason for the delay is change in syllabus. This year,however,there are no major changes, Jadhav,who is also the chairman of the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE),said.
Last year,the syllabus of Mathematics and Science had undergone a major overhaul.
This year,a new topic is being added to the science textbooks. Both the new as well as the old books will be available in the market. Students can also go for the old books and buy a supplement that will have the new topic, he said.
Earlier,there used to be two science textbooks,Science I and II,but now,both have been amalgamated into one called Science and Technology.
A few changes are also being made to Class IX books of History,Civics,Social Science and language. However,parents as well as students do not need to fear as the books will hit the markets before June 15. Also,until last year,Class XI books used to be published by private publishers. This year,Balbharati will publish the books for the first time and even those will be made available in the markets soon, Jadhav added.