‘Local To Global’ Concept – Rajasthan School Board to Revise Textbooks

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TextbooksFocusing more on local and national leaders, the Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education (RBSE) is all set to overhaul English textbooks for Class I to XII with the next academic session, by replacing chapters and poems written by foreign authors with Indian writers.

Among the many changes in textbooks, a chapter on iconic leader Nelson Mandela will be replaced with a long chapter on ‘Tribals in Rajasthan.’ The poems of William Wordsworth will also be omitted.

However, British author Rudyard Kipling, is among the few lucky whose work will get a place in the revised textbooks.

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According to sources, the new guidelines are based on Rajasthan education minister Vasudev Devnani’s concept of ‘local to global’, which has been conveyed to textbook re-writing committee formed by him.

The rewriting of textbooks will be done at two levels: RBSE will do it for XI-XII classes, and State Institute of Educational Research and Training (SIERT) is handling it for classes I to VIII. There have to be two sets of English books for each class – extensive and intensive. The complete curriculum is segregated into four broad sections: comprehension, vocabulary, grammar and speech.

To finish the rewriting before November, the committee is working overtime so that 8 crore new books will be available in the market before March next year.

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