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NCTB changes textbooks bowing to 'communal pressure': TIB

Published : Tuesday, 14 November, 2017 at 12:00 AM Count : 297

Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) has found in its study that the National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB) arbitrarily changed the contents of textbooks at primary and secondary levels yielding to political and communal pressures.
The Berlin-based anti-graft watchdog, while revealing findings of its study on Monday in the capital, also stated that they spotted irregularities and graft in the formulation of textbooks, including writing manuscript, publication and distribution.
The study titled 'National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB): Challenges of Good Governance and a Way-out in its Manuscript Formulation and Publication Management' was revealed at a press conference at TIB's office in the city.
"The process of NCTB's textbook formulation is unclear-its manuscripts are not written properly while political and ideological influence of a specific group is present," the study says.
TIB said that 16 write-ups from five textbooks at primary and secondary levels were omitted, while 11 poems excluded giving in to the demand of a specific communal group.
TIB Executive Director Dr Iftekharuzzaman told the press the conference that the authorities concerned yielded to pressure of a communal group and brought changes in the textbooks and included such words, which were contrary to the spirit of the independence of Bangladesh. This type of changes may create impact on new generation to become 'communal' which is a matter of concern, he said.  
The watchdog in its study suggested that the NCTB be made an independent commission for the purpose of formulating policies regarding textbook formulation and publication independently.
The organisation states that the NCTB lacks professional skill in inspecting and monitoring its activities, which hampers the supply of textbooks across the country.
TIB Deputy Programme Manager Morsheda Akter presented the study findings while the organisation's adviser (Executive Management) Prof Dr Sumaiya Khair, among others, was present at the press conference.

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