Baramulla: Ten years after north Kashmir’s Bandipora attained the status of a district, the textbooks officially prescribed for first middle class do not recognise the development.
In a Kashmiri textbook for class VI, Bandipora is mentioned as tehsil of Baramulla district. The error has been reprinted in the latest edition of the book published in 2015.
The class VI Kashmiri text book published by Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education (JKBOSE) reads that famous Wular lake is situated in Bandipora tehsil of Baramulla.
“Walur sar chu varmuli zilken sopar, bandpor tih sonewor tehseelan manz yiwaan”, (The wular lake is situated in Sopore, Bandipora and Sonawari tehsils of Baramulla district),” the text reads.
The Bandipora was carved as a new district in 2006 comprising Gurez, Sonawari and Bandipora tehsils.
Interestingly, the text book has been compiled by experts including Mohammad Ahsan Ahasan,Ghulam Nabi Aatish, Dr Bashar Basheer, Dr Aziz Hajini and Naseem Shifai. The director academics Dr Sheikh Bashirhas supervised the effort. The errors exist in the June 2015 reprint of the textbook.
A teacher working in a government-run school said the BOSE was not serious about the educational career of students enrolled in thousands of government schools across Valley and the education authorities are busy passing of orders and circulars only.
He said legal action should be taken against the BOSE and experts for irrelevant information provided in the textbook.
The erroneous entries exist in other texts as well. The class V Kashmiri book also carries similar information. A lesson on Sheikh-ul-Alam in mentions the year of birth of the patron saint of Kashmir as 1375 AD whereas the class IV Urdu text mentions the safe information as 1377 AD.
No BOSE official was available to comment on the erroneous entries in the textbooks.