K-P textbook board official says syllabus did change

Published: April 9, 2012

Parents, students complain new books unavailable in the market.

PESHAWAR: Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Textbook Board Chairman Dr Fazal Rahim Marwat has admitted that the syllabus for the ninth grade has been changed, except for English and Islamiat.

Dr Marwat said that in March, the government had provided 30 million rupees worth of new books to state-run schools. He also rubbished reports that there was a shortage of books as the new academic year begins for Peshawar’s schools.

However, a shopkeeper Mumtaz Askari said that books for grade nine are not available in the market because the government changed the syllabus and the new course has not yet reached them.

Moreover, he said, due to prolonged power outages, books are not being published on time. He said it is expected that the new course will arrive within a few days.

Students and parents have also been going about the city trying to get the required course books.

“Teachers do not allow us to enter the class without books,” Basheer Ahmed, a grade 9 student, told The Express Tribune. “We came here to get books but they are not available. We don’t know what to do.”

Some parents are being told to return to the shops at another time. “The shopkeeper keeps telling me to come ‘tomorrow’. We are fed up of coming again and again to the same shop,” said a disgruntled father Faqeer Muhammad. “The students’ precious time is being wasted due to shortage of books!”

Reader Comments (4)

  • Zafar Khattak
    Apr 9, 2012 - 7:14PM

    Islamiat syllabus was the one that needed the most changing and the KPK govt. didn’t dare touch that. The glorification of violence in the name of religion,the misoygny and further propagation of patriarchy needed to be done away with but the kpk govt. chickened out and didn’t make the necessary corrections.KPK was the province that has had the most trouble with religious fundamentalism and it was here that the syllabus changes were most urgently needed.

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  • Shadab khan
    Apr 10, 2012 - 9:19PM

    books are not present in the market. and our precious time is wasting

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  • Dr Iqbal
    Apr 14, 2012 - 10:22AM

    As usual the government seems to be “LEAST (est)” concern with people’s problem and the future of this country. The provincial government is busy to extend full-time support to save the corruption of the federal government, which suit them the most. They are dam-concerned with future of our new generation. It was decioded in 2007 to change the syllabus but ANP has no time to give attention to this issue because they are too busy in IMPORTANT issues of promoting corruption, rather they raised this issue IMMEDIATLY.
    Its criminal to start 9th class session without taking measures for the timely provisiion of new books. This nation still has the time to recognize these criminals who portray themselves as our rulers.Recommend

  • zaheer
    Apr 23, 2012 - 7:36PM

    The recent change in syllabus will badly effect the performance of Govt. schools. Now , only subject teachers will be able to teach. Although there are no teachers available in High Schools. Due to shortage of Science teachers, their job is mostly done by other teachers or daily wages teachers, therefore , this change is quite unrealistic and it will badly effect the education.

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