SHILLONG, March 04: With the launch of new academic textbooks by the Meghalaya Board of School Education (MBoSE), the students of Class – 10 are at their wits end. Although schools have reopened after the winter break and classes have started but students aren’t been able to procure the prescribed textbooks for their unavailability.
Many students are complaining that there is no trace of the grammar book in the market and they are being taught from courses of last year. In some schools there is no trace of “what is to be taught” for want of course content despite the fact that the syllabuses are uploaded in the MBoSE website pointing to acute lethargy on the part of the teaching fraternity. Even parents are complaining about additional English, MIL, health education, computer and environmental education textbooks which aren’t available in the market till date whereas classes have already started.
Parents and their wards are also wary about the pattern of questions in the matric examination to be followed next year when the current batch of this year is going to appear. They recall how students suffered in the past when MBoSE adopted new academic curriculums besides effecting new marking system, too. These “changes”, “year after year” did affect the performances of the students as the board’s quest for keeping pace with contemporary education has reduced both quality and quantity, observed parents and students alike.
In the present scenario students are not only finding difficulty in sourcing their textbooks but are concerned about the pattern of questions they have to answer along with the marking system.
Meanwhile, those schools which receive textbooks under Sarva Siksha Abhiyan (SSA) are told by the SSA authorities here that the new textbooks aren’t in print in sufficient quantity and hence school cannot be distributed with textbooks this year. There are complaints that MBoSE has not learnt from its past mistakes since the board is only interested in changing the curriculum but cares two hoots regarding availability of the prescribed textbooks.