After rebuff from NCERT, JKBOSE reviews text books prescribed for schools
Srinagar: After being snubbed by National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), the JK Board of School Education (BOSE) has began to review and revise the text books prescribed by the organization to the school children in the state.
The three day workshop on “Review and Revision of Curriculum” was concluded on Thursday at JKBOSE office Bemina here wherein the academic experts reviewed and recommended changes in the text book of mathematics for 2nd and 3rd primary.
Earlier this year, the NCERT pointed out loopholes in the text books published by J&K BOSE citing that the books have mismatch with themes given in the syllabus.
The observations were made by a team of officials from NCERT after holding a meeting with the teachers and principals of the schools.
NCERT experts had stated that there is lack of linkage and flow in books besides mismatch between themes given in the syllabus and chapters in the textbooks.
About mathematics textbooks, NCERT stated that pictures or visuals used in the textbook were irrelevant or unnecessary and multiplication tables given at the end of the book was against recommendations of National Curriculum Framework (NCF) 2005.
Meanwhile, director academics at JKBOSE, Dr Farooq Ahmad Peer in his address on the concluding day of the workshop said the JKBOSE is optimistic about developing qualitative content material at par with national level.
“NCERT had examined 37 textbooks so far and 31 textbooks were discussed threadbare in series of workshops organised by JKBOSE and necessary modifications were incorporated accordingly,” he said.
He said the BOSE will again approach NCERT to ensure the standard of each textbook of the state is invariably at par with that of national level from next academic session.
“NCERT had reviewed around 37 titles sent by the JKBOSE and have analyzed the same at different points which include linkages across the classes, deviation from the content of NCERT and approach adopted by BOSE for contextualization of textbooks,” he said.
He further said they conducted a series of workshops both at Srinagar and Jammu as a follow up of the recommendations made by the NCERT subject experts.
“Utmost care has been taken for incorporation of the recommendations in revised textbooks of JKBOSE. We have revised mathematics textbook for classes 1st, primary, 4th, 5th, 6th 7th and 9th and will be transacted in winter zone Kashmir division,” he said.
He said other text books like Hindi, science, environmental studies and social studies have been revised as well.
“English textbooks have been revised for 1st and 2nd primary as per the feedback from teachers, subject experts and on the basis of learning outcomes and learning levels developed by NCERT,” he said.