Maharashtra board has made a new textbook panel to make its text books error-free. Earlier, the textbooks of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education were flooded with errors. In class X geography textbook Arunachal Pradesh was not marked in India's map, Suez Canal was referred as a sewage area.
GK Mamane, State Board chairman says "After mistakes cropped up in the newly-printed textbooks in this academic year, we decided on the criteria to form new teams These teams will check the existing texts for mistakes and help us print error free textbooks for the next year."
He stated further "The criteria for the members of Board of Studies (BoS) had been in place earlier, but the board was emphasising on them now. We want members including school teachers, principals and subject experts to know the rules before confirming to be part of BoS. For that reason, we made the rules public."
When the board came to know about these errors in textbooks, board had sent a notice to BoS members and fired the entire team. A geography teacher from a school in Mulund says "Not only were the books riddled with spelling mistakes, but they also got facts wrong. It was becoming difficult to teach with them."
The board took a step in order to correct the errors by recalling all the textbooks and reissuing them with a sticker of the correct map. However, spellings and grammatical errors were printed in the state board's monthly magazine, which is sent to all the students.
A senior education officer says "All this will change in the next academic year. We will make sure that students and teachers do not suffer. The new BoS teams will ensure that old mistakes are cleared and the upgraded syllabus reaches students in the best format."