January 14, 2013, 12:00 am
CBSE upholds its commitment to fostering the vital ability and desire to read among students, which is a fundamental life- skill.
Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has joined hands with the PAG-E (Publishers Action Group), formed by a group of eminent publishers of children’s books, mostly non-profit, who are deeply committed to quality publishing, business ethics, and publishing in all Indian languages.
The Annexure consists of books in English and Hindi that are reflective of the Values –based approach and the need to introduce Life Skills as an overt component in the curriculum. The books explore a vast range of themes and genres that would appeal to younger students. Children may identify issues that have relevance to them, introspect and find their own resolutions to personal dilemmas within the pages of these books.
Opportunities for individualised reading need to be built at all stages in order to promote a culture of reading, and teachers must set the example of being members of such a culture. This requires the nurturing of school and community libraries.
The perception that the reading of fiction is a waste of time acts as a major means of discouraging reading. The development and supply of a range of supplementary reading material relevant to all school subjects and across the grades require urgent attention.
A list of new books in English and Hindi have published recently for classes I to XII, to assist the CBSE schools in this endeavor have been compiled. They maybe procured and deployed as part of a launching exercise by schools that are contemplating the establishment of a library / designing new reading spaces or wish to expand the reading material already available on theirshelves. They address a growing concern among Librarians and Academic faculty about the need to identify age and culturally -appropriate books available in the market.