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Several errors have been found in the present one

Directorate of State Education Research and Training is to revise the text

A committee will look into disparity in pay scales between high school and PU teachers

BANGALORE: The State Government has decided to introduce a new English textbook for the first standard students from the next academic year (2009-10), on account of several errors in the present textbook.

Speaking to presspersons here on Tuesday, Minister for Primary and Secondary Education Vishweshwara Hegde Kageri said several grammatical, picture, style and presentation errors had been found in the English textbook of the first standard. The content and format of the textbook were unsuitable for children.

Complaints

The department had received several complaints regarding the poor printing quality of pictures and text, he said.

The officials of the Directorate of State Education Research and Training (DSERT) have been asked to take steps to revise the English textbook of the first standard. The department would also correct spelling and printing errors in the rest of the textbooks of other standards of primary education, the Minister said.

Committee

In another major decision, the department has constituted a committee, headed by Primary and Secondary Education Secretary Vandita Sharma, to look into the issue of disparity in pay scales between high school and Pre-University Course teachers. The PU teachers had been urging the Government to revise their pay scales for the last few years.

Under the centre-funded Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, the State had received Rs. 900 crore in the current academic year.

System to continue

Mr. Kageri said the composite high school system would be continued in 2,685 such high schools in the State. In the composite high school system, high school teachers would provide guidance to teachers of primary schools and help maintain the quality of the education.

The department has proposed to conduct taluk-level yoga competitions to encourage primary and high school students to learn yoga. Physical education teachers have been conducting yoga classes in schools run by the Government so far. A sum of Rs. 2 crore had been earmarked for physical education in the current academic year, he said.

Defending the action of the department in sending notices to Christian institutions for declaring a holiday in support of the attacks on churches in Orissa, Mr. Kageri said the law would take its own course. The Minister declined to comment when asked whether the notices had been withdrawn.

Associations

The department has also issued circulars to all principals of Government schools to form old-students’ associations with a view to improve the quality of extra-curricular activities in schools.

Monitoring

While School Development Monitoring Committees (SDMCs) would monitor the infrastructure quality, the resource persons at the block and cluster-levels would monitor the quality of education and implementation of education reforms in schools, Mr. Kageri said.

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