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HSC: Textbooks unlikely to reach students in time

  • Published at 08:14 am May 26th, 2013
HSC: Textbooks unlikely to reach students in time

Higher Secondary students might not get some of their textbooks of the new curriculum as the authors are yet to start writing them with the new academic year only 36 days away.

National Curriculum and Textbook Board officials said they need at least 10 to 15 days for evaluation and some other tasks to do after they receive dummies but they couldn’t say for sure when they will get them.

Officials fear that the HSC students may not obtain some textbooks of the new curriculum in the beginning of the academic year as it is quite difficult to write a full textbook within this short time.

According to government announcement, the new academic year for HSC will begin from July 1. The admission process started on May 18.

But all the six writers and editors selected for writing English textbook have not yet been able to meet to discuss a plan before they start writing textbooks.

The first meeting was scheduled to be held on May 28. Officials said the same problem lies in preparing Bangla textbooks

The authors, however, put the blame for delay on the NCTB officials saying that they were asked to write quite late.

Those selected for writing English textbooks told the Dhaka Tribune that they received the letter to this end on May 14.

When contacted, one of the editors chosen for English Textbook, Dhaka University English Department professor Syed Manjurul Islam told the Dhaka Tribune that they would hold a meeting on May 28.

Before the meeting he declined to comment on if they can finish writing the textbooks on time.

“I need to discuss with other writers before commenting on whether it is possible for us to write a textbook without mistakes in such a short time,” he said.

When contacted, NCTB Chairman Shafikur Rahman said he believes students will get their books on time. “We are working on this.”

When asked if there is coordination between the writers, he said: “The ministry and NCTB are working with the writers.”

The government decided in 2012 to introduce new curriculum to the secondary and higher secondary level to modernise the education sector.

Secondary level students got their textbooks as per the new curriculum in the beginning of the new session starting from January this year.