Meghalaya to introduce own textbooks for schools

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Shillong, Jan 12 (UNI) The Meghalaya Board of School Education (MBoSE) would introduce its own textbooks for schools here from this year.

Minister in-charge of Higher and Technical Education Robert G Lyngdoh took the decision after discussions with senior officials from the Education Department and MBoSE in a meeting held yesterday.

MBoSE, Executive Chairman TTC Marak said, the decision to introduce textbooks by the Board, which would not be changed for the next five years, was taken following concern raised by the public on frequent change of textbooks and syllabus affecting students.

Now the board after thorough revision of the curriculum with coordination with DERT would compile the syllabus and introduce the textbooks. The Board would publish the textbooks this academic year for Class I to XII, and with a minimum possible price.

The board booksellers would also be offered a discount of 15 per cent on the textbooks, Mr Marak said.

''MBoSE was following the NCERT textbooks. The changes in NCERT syllabus also caused similar changes in MBoSE syllabus and textbooks,'' Marak averred.

Earlier, the Civil Society Women's Organisation (CSWO), an NGO, had appealed to the government to intervene into the frequent change of syllabus and textbooks and also rationalise fees in private schools.

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