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The State Council of Education, Research and Training, AndhraPradesh, has decided to reduce the burden on students in Classes IV, V, VIII and  IX. Not only will the school bag of the children in these classes become lighter but the parents will save the extra rupee as they will not have to buy too many books.

The readers in all subjects of classes IV, V, VIII and IX of the State syllabus have been changed with emphasis on reducing both physical and mental burden for children. They were re-designed so that there was no need to purchase additional material like non-details, work books, study material, question banks and guides which added to the load of the bag. In essence, the books are “one-stop,” aimed at meeting all the needs of children in each subject.

For instance, the non-detail of English and the supplementary of first language have been eliminated and merged with the main book in the respective languages for classes VIII and IX.

The thickness of the books has also been reduced as in the case of mathematics reader for class IX which was 390 pages in English and 420 pages in Telugu medium. Now, they have come down to 360 pages.

A grey area of the introduction of the new books was that there was nothing from government side that completely barred the private schools from prescribing additional material for the readers. Hence, the State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) which prepared the books has written to the government to initiate some steps in the matter.

The books of classes III, VI and VII were overhauled last year and classes I and II in the previous year.

It is now left for class X alone which will be done next year, N. Upender Reddy, head of the department of curriculum and textbooks at SCERT. He added that 122 titles in eight media underwent change.
The books were prepared in tune with State Curriculum Framework 2011, which was based on National Curriculum Framework, 2005, to reduce burden on children and make classroom learning relevant.

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