the surnames or on the their native places. There are instances where they have attributed the sign of a poet’s pen name to that of a prose writer (like Manto who is a prose writer). In some, the signs are totally missing from the pen-names of the poets,” said Shaikh.
In January this year, he along with some educationists had pointed out over 100 errors in Urdu higher-level textbooks of Class 9 to the state and had asked them to withdraw the faulty books and put a check on the Board of Studies since the textbooks for Classes 10 & 12 were under preparation. “Instead, they published a revised version of Class 9, which still has many errors. We told the state government that the same Board of Studies was in charge of Class 10 & 12 textbooks and the government must be cautious. But, to our dismay, no action was taken against the Board members and the result was shoddy and irresponsible work in case of Class 10 and 12 books, having more than 950 errors,” said Shaikh.
With no response from the state yet, the Association has already printed booklets for Class 10 and 12, which contain details of the errors, the corrected version, with lessons and page numbers. The books are being circulated to all Urdu-teaching schools and junior colleges across the state.