SRINAGAR: Saima Nawaz, a first standard student at a government-run school in Srinagar often gives a quizzical look to her teachers. Most often, when the teacher introduces her to a new word, she finds it difficult to identify herself with it. Last week when the teacher taught her I for Igloo, as mentioned in the book, she couldn’t make head or tail of it.
Saima actually hails from Uttar Pradesh and her parents are working in Kashmir. Her teacher, Aabida finds it difficult to make the students understand unfamiliar things mentioned in the books. “They (students) don’t respond to things which are not familiar to them. They offer a blank look when I try to make them understand. However, they cram things with the aim to write examinations,” she said.
The teachers say that the text books prescribed by the state board of school education are poor in quality and content, lack pictorial representation or their quality.
“Good pictures can attract a student towards books but when pictures are bad, they won’t even take such books in their hands. Even the paper quality of books is not good,” said Shakir, a teacher of Budgam.
The books are distributed free of cost among students belonging to families of lower income groups studying in government-run schools.
Some teachers said that the contents of the books should be reviewed for easy learning of students. A headmaster of a school in Budgam said, “In Government Schools, we enroll non-locals as well as those who were expelled from private schools. They are generally weaker students. The books prescribed for them should be prepared with this hard fact in mind.”
Farooq Ahmad Peer, director academics at BOSE said, “Whenever we get complaints regarding the low standard of books, we make changes.”
“I have discussed the matter with secretary, department of education and both the directors of School Education from Kashmir and Jammu provinces to make an expert team to revise the books from class 1 to 12,” Peer said.
He said the prospective expert committees would take care of the complaints regarding syllabi and presentation of text books.