EDUSAT – Online lectures on maths problems not in syllabus!
Under EDUSAT programme, an initiative by Punjab Education Department through which audio-visual lectures are delivered online simultaneously in all government schools, the department has been telecasting lessons based on the problems of mathematics that were excluded from the syllabus three years ago.
Mathematics teachers deputed in the schools said at least two 35-minute lectures delivered this month were based on mathematical problem “Rational Expressions”, an exercise that is not part of the syllabus since 2014.The Edusat lectures, which were meant for Class X, were telecast on October 3 and then again on Tuesday. Under Edusat, the Education Department relays one lecture every week for mathematics, science and English each for students studying in Class IX and above.
“This mathematical problem is not a part of the syllabus for the past three years. The centralised studio of the department, which telecast this programme once a week from its Mohali-based office, has either done it wrong or they are not aware of the changes in the syllabus. Had they been aware, they would have recorded audio-visual episodes on new additions in the syllabus instead of airing old lessons,” said Muktsar-based government school teacher Pawan Kumar.
Bathinda-based teacher Rajesh Monga, who is general secretary of the Mathematics Teachers’ Association, Punjab, also confirmed that the department had aired lessons that were not a part of the syllabus. Director Public Instruction Balbir Singh Dhol and Assistant Project Director, Edusat, Sandeep Nagar released no statements regarding this issue.