Sania Nehwal And Presian Invasion: Textbooks in Karnataka A Study In Errors

The errors have persisted despite a two-year-long revision by 27 sub committees, which comprise 185 members. The textbooks have been published by Karnataka Text Book society.

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Sania Nehwal And Presian Invasion: Textbooks in Karnataka A Study In Errors

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A book has "The advent of Europeans to India" as its first chapter and Persian is printed as 'Presian'

Bengaluru:  The Karnataka government's textbooks for various classes are giving nightmares to parents. Chances are, they say, anyone depending solely on these may never pass the board exams. Even teachers have tagged the books "substandard in content and quality".

One of the books has "The advent of Europeans to India" as its first chapter and Persian is printed as 'Presian'.

The physical education text book referring to badminton icon PV Sindhu says "she has wone one bronze and one gold medal in common wealth games." Her biggest achievement till date -- winning Silver at 2016 Olympics -- has been completely ignored.

Saina Nehwal has been consistently referred to as Sania - Sania Mirza happens to be the tennis ace.

The errors have persisted despite a two-year-long revision by 27 sub committees, which comprise 185 members. The textbooks have been published by Karnataka Text Book society.

"We have seen printing errors, pages upside down, factual errors in text books of many classes, we are yet to go through all the text books, only then can we compile the list of errors," said Shashi Kumar, the general secretary of the Associated Managements of English Medium Schools, Karnataka.

The committee had been given a mandate to make the textbooks more 'secular' by the Siddaramaiah government in 2015. "The errors have crept in while the text books were being translated from Kannada to English. We have assigned 2-3 experts to each text book to compile the errors and in a week we will issue a corrigendum to all schools," said Bargur Ramachandrappa, the chairman of text book revision committee.

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