Authors, editors kept in dark about textbook error changes
jamuna news: Thirteen editors and compilers today said that they were kept in the dark about the changes of primary and secondary Bengali textbooks published by the National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB).
They said that they submitted flawless manuscripts of Bengali textbooks for Class I to Class X.
But the books were changed by a quarter without their knowledge.
The government and the general public may them responsible for the mistakes although they do not know anything about those, said the statement.
The statement was issued jointly by Hayat Mamud, Nirangan Adhikari, Mahbubul Haque, Masuduzzaman, Bishwajit Ghose, Syed Azizul Haque, Soaib Zibran, Shafiul Alam, Daniul Haque, Shamoli Akbor, Nurjahan Begum, Rafikullah Khan and Soumitra Sekhor.
“We are bringing this to the attention of the students, teachers, guardians and all concerned that the contents of the textbooks were altered without our knowledge. We were in the dark about the changes,” the authors and editors said in the statement.
Following criticism, the education ministry made NCTB Chief Editor Pritish Kumar Sarkar and its senior expert Lana Humayra Khan officers on special duty (OSD), a post with official duties and regarded as a punishment.
Two committees have also been formed to identify the mistakes in textbooks and those responsible for the blunders.