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No changes in syllabi this year: Textbook Board
« on: May 01, 2008, 11:56:03 AM »
No changes in syllabi this year: Textbook Board

LAHORE (APP): Children of Pakistan will be studying the same old and stale books during the next academic year beginning from September this year because Punjab Textbook Board has not been able to revise and improve the syllabi due to what it calls "procedural delays". The Federal government had directed that syllabi of Class I, Class VI, Class IX and Class XI needs to be changed from the new academic year. In a recent meeting presided over by the Federal Education Minister, a decision was taken to let children of all provinces study the same syllabi and it asked relevant textbook boards, including the PTB, to prepare new syllabi which should be more comprehensive and all encompassing, so that children study the subjects from a national perspective and gain wider horizon of knowledge. Prof Khalid Ali Bhatti,Director, Humanities, Punjab Textbook Board told APP that the process of adding new chapters and topics required a lengthy process and it would not be able to complete it on time for the new classes. Students and teachers of schools and colleges have been anxiously waiting for the new syllabi in order to plan their next academic calender but now the Board says there will be no changes in syllabi and the same books should be taught during the next year. He said a decision has been taken by the 'higher authorities' in this regard. About another perennial problem of shortage of a number of text books in the market, Prof Bhatti says that the Board is already in the process of allocating the bulk of the printing work to different publishers and hopes that the books short in the market will be provided in time when the new session starts in September next. Giving a good news to parents, he disclosed that the publishing cost of books has increased, though, the Board would charge the same old prices for the new books and distribute them in the market at the previous rates. However, the Board is making more attractive titles of the books and also improving the quality of binding. In all, the Board publishes 178 books on various topics of arts, sciences and vocational subjects from Prep Class to Class XII during each academic year. The Board has already undertaken the stupendous work of preparing manuscripts of new syllabi by eminent authors. These manuscripts will be sent to Provincial Review Committee foraccording it final approval. After that, the manuscripts will be sent to National Review Committee of the Federal government for its uniform application in all the provinces. "The work is already in the pipeline and it will be finished before the next academic year and the books will be ready for distribution for classes beginning from September, 2009", Prof Bhatti said.

The Frontier Post