Class 6 text­books with wrong maps to be cor­rected

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Puja Ped­nekar puja.ped­nekar@hin­dus­tan­

MUM­BAI: Around three mil­lion school text­books with maps that lo­cate Kan­heri Caves un­der wa­ter and Delhi on the eastern bank of Ya­muna (most of the city is on the western bank) will soon be cor­rected, the Ma­ha­rash­tra State Bureau of Text­book Pro­duc­tion and Cur­ricu­lum Re­search (Balb­harti) said on Thurs­day.

The wrong maps are in the Class 6 his­tory text­books, some of which al­ready have been dis­trib­uted to stu­dents. The board said that while the mis­takes in the Marathi text­books, which have been handed over to stu­dents, will be cor­rected through a cir­cu­lar, cor­rected maps will be in­serted in the books in English and other re­gional lan­guage text­books, as those are yet to be dis­trib­uted.

HT had re­ported on May 25 about the text­books, which are based on the re­cently re­leased school syl­labus, hav­ing glar­ing er­rors. Apart from show­ing Kan­heri Caves, which lo­cated in­side the San­jay Gandhi Na­tional Park at Borivli, in the Ara­bian Sea and wrongly lo­cat­ing Delhi, the maps mark the Mediter­ranean Sea as a land mass.

Fol­low­ing the HT re­port, Balb­harti pointed out the mis­takes to the board of ex­perts in­volved in writ­ing the text­books and the board has now ac­cepted two of the ma­jor mis­takes. “The board agreed that the Kan­heri Caves have wrongly been marked to be off the coast of Mum­bai, un­der the Ara­bian Sea in­stead of at Borivli,” Sunil Ma­gar, direc­tor, Balb­harti told HT. “Sim­i­larly, Delhi has also been wrongly shown to be on the east bank of river Ya­muna.”

Ma­gar said the bureau has de­cided in a re­cent meet­ing to rec­tify these mis­takes. “We have not yet re­leased 17 to 30 lakh text­books of English and other re­gional lan­guages, so we will first cor­rect those books,” said Ma­gar. “For the text­books that have al­ready hit the mar­kets, teach­ers will be asked to refer to the cir­cu­lar list­ing out the corrections.”

How­ever, the bureau has not ad­dressed sev­eral other mis­takes in the text­books pointed out by the aca­demi­cians. They have also not re­sponded to the ac­cu­sa­tion that the same peo­ple, who were re­spon­si­ble for the em­bar­rass­ing mis­takes in the Class 10 geog­ra­phy text­books in 2014, were al­lowed to work on these text­books.

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