Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir State Board of School Education (BOSE) will form five teams to visit boards of different states to study examination and textbook patterns based on the suggestions from National Council of Education Research and Trainings (NCERT).
The NCERT set up in 1961 by Government of India to assist and advise the central and state governments on policies and programmes for qualitative improvement in school education in a recent report submitted to BOSE had claimed that text books published by the state board create confusion among students and teachers.
“There is lack of linkage and flow in these books besides mismatch between themes given in the syllabus and chapters in the textbooks,” NCERT report had said.
Director (Academics) BOSE Farooq Ahmad Peer told Kashmir Reader that a group of two officials each will visit school boards of Kerala, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi and Rajasthan.
“NCERT team was of an opinion that BOSE should become more vibrant and therefore should visit other states to gain overall knowledge about their pattern of school education,” he said.
Peer said that there was no mismatch or lack of linkage and flow between the chapters of the books published by BOSE and added that 80 to 85 percent of its curriculum is based NCERT text books as per NCF 2005 as it has purchased copyrights from NCERT.
“We clarified to them (NCERT team) on spot about contextualizing by informing that 80 to 85 percent of the text books are based on NCERT and 15 to 20 percent is modified by state experts to include the local context with minor changes in it and changes in exercises in the end,” Peer said.
“To create a bonding and affinity of children with their own culture, roots and society the textbooks developed by JK BOSE are properly contextualized with local specific touch and infusion thus creating a sense of belongingness,” he said.
BOSE, Peer said, has been improving the content as well as printing quality of their books. “We have revised and updated almost all the text books till date,” he said. “In last two years more than 42 workshops were conducted, 32 text books revised and 19 new titles developed.”
Peer informed that NCERT was dissatisfied with bifurcation of several subjects like that of general science at secondary level, and biology at higher secondary schools.
“We gave them the reason for bifurcation of the subjects and they were satisfied with our answers, later they appreciated our designs,” he said.
Peer added that they have published a new English text book for Ist standard students which has been introduced in Jammu would be introduced in the Valley implemented in coming session.