Lost in translation, most mediums study old syllabi

While students of Gujarati and English medium upper primary schools across the state have been fortunate enough to get books with the revised curriculum, students of all the other medium schools are still studying from the old books. Neither have new books been provided by the Gujarat State School Textbook Board yet, nor have the schools that started translating the books on their own, completed doing so. This means students of Class VI, VII and VIII of Hindi, Urdu, Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, Malayalam, Oriya and Sindhi medium schools have no choice but to study the old syllabi.

With the introduction of semester system in the 2012-13 session, the entire curriculum was changed for students of Class VI, VII and VIII of Gujarati medium schools. This was followed a year later in all other medium schools as well. However, the Gujarat State School Textbook Board is yet to provide revised books for students of other language medium. So, schools (both government as well as private schools that follow the state board and offer these mediums are either subscribing to private publications for their students or getting them translated on their own.

"For a year, we were not teaching the revised curriculum. A year later, when the new curriculum was implemented in all mediums, new books are still not available. The Board, like many time before, asked us to follow books of private publications. It seems only Gujarati-medium schools are their priority," said the principal of a Hindi-medium municipal school.

While, the Gujarat Council for Educational Research and Training , which until now was responsible for preparing curriculum for schools, puts the onus on GSSTB for the delay, GSSTB expressed helplessness due to increased workload. "GCERT is not preparing books anymore. The task has now been handed over to GSSTB," said GCERT co-ordinator Haresh Chaudhary. Meanwhile, GSSTB Director Dr Bharat Pandit says: "With the semester system adding to the enormous workload this year, the board could onlyfinish the long drawn process for Gujarati and English medium."

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