New textbooks incorporate social and economic changes in Maldives

Printing of sixth and seventh grade Social Studies textbooks has been delayed to accommodate new information about human rights and democracy, Deputy Education Minister Dr. Abdulla Nazeer has said.

Meanwhile, all other textbooks have been printed an distributed in time for the academic new year, which begins tomorrow, January 8. The Social Studies textbooks will be distributed later this month, reports Haveeru.

Speaking to local media, Dr Nazeer explained that text book revisions were outsourced as the Education Development Centre (EDC) did not have a Social Studies curriculum developer.

The new material reflects recent social and economic changes to the Maldives, reports Haveeru.

Dr. Nazeer added that a new subject, Maldivian Studies, will be introduced to grades one through three in six schools in mid-2012. The subject will address matters of democracy and human rights and “lay the foundations for the gradual introduction of the subject to students.”