Textbooks will be outsourced

Heydar Tourani, deputy minister and chairman of the Organization for Research and Educational Planning, in an interview with the Hamshari correspondent, spoke about the textbooks, as it follows:

I do not consider the educational system 3-3-6 as a golden opportunity. Educational experts did not document in any strategic plan when documenting the fundamental transformation and national curriculum that the change should begin with 3-3-6 system and the textbooks. It was only the Minister of Education of the time, Mr. Hajibabayi, who asked for both the sixth grade to be added to the elementary school and compilation of new textbooks. For this reason, at first, the first grade books were changed, and then the second and then sixth grade of elementary, respectively, in each year. This strange pace in the implementation of the new educational system was not at all a work of expertise, and the slogan on curriculum adapted to the document of transformation did not actually take place.

A new compilation of textbooks with a top-down instruction took place in a short time and after a while the changes began, they realized that the books did not fulfill any of the desired goals. Of course, this lack of programming was not only for textbooks, but also for human resources, and the first-level teachers were transferred to secondary schools without any prior teaching or training, and this caused serious damage to the field of education.

We did not even carry out a pilot experiment, which is usually a part of the scientific principles for new books. Also, there was not enough time to teach new books to teachers and school administrators, and they entered classes with minimal knowledge. Equipment and educational facilities were not fully completed, and the project to change the textbooks was incomplete, that is why, unfortunately the plan was not successful. Today we must do best to compensate the past insufficiency.

We do not have any new books available until the end of the sixth development plan, and the changes are minor just to the extent of  modifications. We need to be able to do some important work; first, to explain the goals of the curriculum in educational materials and to define the areas of learning. Every year, we ask teachers about books, and even invite teacher in compilation of textbooks.

If we succeed in the program I have just mentioned, we will be able to follow the curriculum adaptation with the national curriculum and the fundamental transformation document. Then we can extend the organization's research boundary from Iranshahr st. to the whole country. We are going to continue to do this and outsource the compilation of textbooks based on the approved frameworks. Changes are always costly. If I were to continue working on this organization, changes should take place. Our view is to be part of the outsourcing. We should let the elites enter the circle of textbooks compilation.

We have  to make a turnaround and change paper books to electronic books. The fact is that we publish 140 million books per year for 13 million students each year, while India and China with more than  260 million students publish only 140 million copies of books, this is because their students use educational tables, which we need to get to that system by as soon as 1401. Speaking about Problems such as AIDS, unemployment, inflation, addiction, etc., these problems should be solved by roots, which are the duty of other departments. In our books, we try to educate children about lifestyles and boost their capabilities and talents.

I believe that we are far from standards. Of course, we are much better off than the past, but we can reach the standards by outsourcing and using more of talents and creativity. we plan to carry out the plan to transfer books among the students in order to save paper and money. We hope to present this plan as early as possible to the Education Council.