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English language students stuck with outmoded texts

from The Times of India

India: Remember the thirsty crow story — how the bird used pebbles to raise the level of water in a pitcher? You may have enjoyed it in kindergarten, but the Gujarat State School Text Board prescribes it to Std six English-medium students to teach them English. The textbook has many such stories, like the "lion and the mouse" and the "crayon box that talked." What is confounding, however, is that the same textbook in the Gujarati medium has more interesting tales, making many wonder if English-medium students are deliberately getting step-motherly treatment from the authors. more

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