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The Ministry of Education, Science, Culture
and Sport of Georgia completed the process of approving the VII grade school
textbooks of several subjects and basic level of secondary education.
The seventh class textbook approval process
took place on the basis of the 2018 order of the Minister.
Within the framework of the current
large-scale reform, the new National Curriculum will focus on critical
thinking, research, creative and cooperative skills development (and not just
the content), as well as strengthening of interpersonal relationships,
organizing knowledge and interconnection. In order to achieve these goals and
to satisfy these criteria, the textbook approval competition was announced for
the VII grade (for some of the subjects of the primary cycle where textbooks
were not selected last year).
This time, the publishers had more time to
write textbooks - more than 4 months for the VII grade textbook; Furthermore,
more time was spent on the preparation: subject-specific consultations were
conducted for authors of textbooks that are related to the standard of the
subject itself, as well as understanding of criteria of evaluation; The
thematic seminars / workshops were also held, including governmental and
The textbooks were evaluated in various
manners: compliance with national curriculum; Content management; Structural
adjustment; Language confidentiality; Compliance with legal and ethical norms;
Compliance with the principles of sustainable development.
The manuals were evaluated by independent
experts; the assessment team included both practicing teachers as well as the
academic circle representatives, psychologists, philologists and specialists in
On the basis of high confidence and
trustworthy reputation expressed by the Public Defender's Institute, the
Ministry appealed to the Public Defender's Office to engage in the process of
drawing specialists who evaluated the textbooks in different directions:
1. How much gender balance is preserved in
texts and illustrations?
2. How books are free from stereotypical
attitudes, discriminatory elements of ethnic, religious and other grounds;
3. What are the principles of sustainable development
75 applications for 14 subjects were made
in the process of textbook approval.
The first stage has crossed 73
applications. The error was found in two applications that have not been
rectified within the established deadline and therefore could not be
transferred to the next stage.
In addition, due to non-compliance with the
content and / or technical shortcomings, another six applications have been
dropped. New manuals will be published before the beginning of the academic
year and will be distributed to all public schools. To that end, the Ministry
has already begun an analysis of the completed approval process to improve the
Furthermore, it should be noted that in the course of the
2018-2019 textbooks were by the minimum margin, but due to technical and other
shortcomings, they were not accepted. It is important that this intellectual
resource is not lost to the educational system and is accessible to teachers,
which will contribute to the diversity and improvement of the learning and
teaching process. For this purpose, the Ministry will begin consultations with
publishers and copyright groups in the coming weeks.