Errors in Textbooks: HC summons NCTB chairman
The High Court yesterday expressed utter dismay about the errors regarding the history of the country's Liberation War in some textbooks of secondary and higher secondary levels, saying such mistakes in the books are unfortunate.
The court also summoned the chairman and member concerned of the National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB) directing them to appear before it on November 10 for hearing their explanations about the errors.
The HC bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman passed the order in response to a writ petition filed by Md Alamgir Alam, guardian of a student of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College, containing the errors in the books.
At the same time, the bench issued a rule asking the authorities concerned of the government to explain in four weeks why they should not be directed to take steps to amend the mistakes in the textbooks.
Petitioner's lawyer Ali Mustafa Khan told The Daily Star that his client has found more than 100 errors about the history of Bangladesh's Liberation War in some textbooks of secondary and higher secondary levels.
It has been written in the book named Bangladesher Itihas O Bishwa Savyata (History of Bangladesh and World Civilisation) of Classes IX and X that Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was a political leader in 1969.
This is incorrect as Bangabandhu was the president of Nikhil Pakistan Awami League (All Pakistan Awami League) then, he said.
In the same book, it has been stated that Bangabandhu was the president of the then Mujibnagar Government, which is a blunder as he was the president of the Peoples' Republic of Bangladesh, Khan said.
The Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman has wrongly been termed as Sheikh Mujib instead of Bangabandhu in different pages of the book titled as "Bangladesh O Bishwa Parichoy (Bangladesh and World Identification)" of Classes IX and X.
It has been wrongly written in the book named "Bangladesh O Bishwa Parichoy" of Class VII that election was held in the provinces of East Pakistan on December 17, 1970 though the elections were held in all provinces of the then Pakistan, he said citing the petition.
In the petition, Alam requested the HC to pass a directive on the authorities to amend the errors in the books.
Deputy Attorney General Bepul Bagmar represented the state during the hearing.