Nazrul Islam Khan, additional secretary of the ministry of primary and mass education, disclosed the information yesterday to the Dhaka Tribune.
He said, “The ministry has issued a show cause notice to NCTB in this regard. We have asked the NCTB to explain to us why there were numerous mistakes in textbooks they printed this year.”
The ministry has asked to give detail information and reason for making printing mistake.
Since the beginning of the year, dissatisfaction over the content and mistakes of textbooks printed by NCTB has been being expressed in social media.
After the textbook festival day, one after another ‘evidence’ of NCTB’s intentional changes to original texts coupled with numerous spelling and printing mistakes started surfacing in the social media.
In grade 1 textbook, a minor girl is seen saying, “O tey Orna Chai”, or I want a chest-scarf. The tendency behind choosing the word “Orna” for “O” has been termed as gender discriminatory in the social media.
On the other hand, in the Bangla textbook for grade 3, a very popular poem of 12 lines by Kusumkumari Das – “Adarsha Chele”, or the Exemplary Boy – appears in the textbook full of changed words and spelling mistakes. In a line, NCTB has supplanted half of the sentence with imaginary words.
In Hindu Religion and Moral Education textbook printed for the third grade, NCTB printed “Do not heart anybody”, instead of “Do not hurt anybody”.
An official from the ministry of education said: “The books have been distributed already, with mistakes in printing or editing. In next edition, it will be corrected.”
Nasrin Jahan, a mother of a primary-school-attending son, said: “It is a provoking content for a student in grade 1. If it is taught in a classroom that a girl is asking for a chest-scarf, a minor boy will be curious why a girl would need the scarf. This may make him more inquisitive over a female’s body shape.”
Committee formed to review secondary syllabus, textbooks
The government yesterday formed two separate committees to review the syllabus of secondary level education and to “refine” this year’s primary level textbooks, allegedly full of spelling and other mistakes.
The ministry of education issued a circular yesterday in this regard.
The committees have been formed on the basis of recommendations given by several educationists to make the efforts a success, said the circular.
According to the circular, the committee on syllabus will be headed by Prof Abdullah Abu Sayeed. Nine other members include educationists, teachers, government and ministry officials. The committee will revise, basing on 2012 education curriculum, the secondary level syllabus to make it “easily readable” and “attractive” to the students in next sixty working days, and submit to the ministry of education.
The other committee, headed by Prof Dr Muhammad Zafar Iqbal, will “refine” this year’s primary level textbooks that are full of spelling and other mistakes.