Karnataka textbook row: Lack of study material hits much-hyped learning recovery programme.

Karnataka textbook row: Lack of study material hits much-hyped learning recovery programme.

The raging controversy over revisions carried out by the Karnataka government has not just delayed their distribution in schools even nearly 20 days after the schools reopened for a new academic year. The lack of study material has affected a learning recovery programme. Which initiated to fill the gap before schools begin their full academic programme for the year.

The Kalika Chetarike or the learning recovery programme was introduced this year for students from Classes 1 to 9. It was introduced amid a lot of hype by the primary and secondary education departments. But a reality check in some schools has revealed that students have not received worksheets related to the programme. That some worksheets are still in the editing stage. Many teachers in government schools now believe that a programme that was supposed to bridge the learning gap caused by the Covid-induced online classes may in fact increase the learning gaps. Teachers of Class 10 students, especially language teachers, are also worried about the uncertainty over Kannada textbooks.

This year the students are facing a lot of problems regarding uniforms and textbooks.

This year the students are facing a lot of problems regarding uniforms and textbooks. After 20 days of school reopening, they are supposed to start the Kalika Chetarike (learning recovery) programme, but they have no worksheets,” a teacher at a government high school in the Bengaluru rural district said. Some teachers of Class 10 have borrowed the textbooks from the previous year. They are teaching topics that are common in the current academic year. A controversy has erupted in Karnataka over the alleged saffronisation of language and social sciences textbooks by the BJP government resulting in a delay in their distribution to students. The state government is dilly-dallying between revising controversial portions or withdrawing the revised textbooks and returning to old textbooks. According to the Karnataka education department, nearly 80 per cent of textbooks have been printed and 66 per cent have reached the schools.

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