The workshop was conducted in the light of analysis report of JKBOSE Textbooks by NCERT New Delhi.
The experts Dr.Aaliya Qayoom (Assistant Director Academic JK BOSE), Dr.Arif Jan (Assistant Director Academics JK BOSE), Syed Fayaz (Academic Officer JK BOSE), Nazir Ahamd Mir (Lec. HSS Bomai Sopore, Baramulla), Gulzar Ahmad Dar (Lec. GHSS Magam, Budgam), Muzaffar Ahmad Bhat (Lec. HSS Nuner Ganderbal), Bashir Ahmad Sheikh (Teacher, Zone Beerwah), Aijaz Ahmad Yatoo (Teacher, Zone Chadora) participated and deliberated in the workshop and came out with the findings on Mathematics textbooks of class 2nd and 3rd.
Speaking in the concluding session, Dr. Farooq Ahmad Peer, Director Academics JKBOSE, said that the development of qualitative content material with its standards at par with National level, remains the priority of this organisation.
He said that the review of State level textbooks through an apex national level institute like NCERT is one of the steps to this direction.
While informing about the current review status, Director Academics said that out of 37 Textbooks, reviewed by NCERT so far, the report of 31 was discussed threadbare in series of workshops organised by JKBOSE and necessary modifications were incorporated accordingly in the JKBOSE textbooks which are in vogue and the remaining o6 textbooks shall be reviewed and implemented from the academic session 2019-20.
He assured that the request shall be made to NCERT for the review of remaining 27 textbooks so as to ensure the standard of each textbook of the state is invariably at par with that of national level from next academic session.
Pertinent to mention that NCERT had reviewed around 37 titles sent by JKBOSE and have analyzed the same at the points including Linkages across the stages /classes, Deviation from the Content of NCERT, Content of NCERT viz a viz JKBOSE content, Approach adopted by BOSE for Contextualization of textbooks, Languages adopted and Exercises and activities.
The workshop, which was attended by six subject experts, which was conducted under the supervision of Director Academics Dr. Farooq Ahmad Peer and was coordinated by Dr. Aaliya Qayoom (Assistant Director Academics KD).
It is pertinent to mention that in order to have thread bare discussion regarding the textbooks developed and to discuss analysis report of NCERT on JKBOSE Textbooks, the JKBOSE team headed by Dr Farooq Ahmad Peer Director Academics and Tufail Mattoo Project Director RMSA had a meeting on 19th of March 2018 at NCERT, New Delhi which was chaired by Director NCERT.
Academic subject experts of NCERT who had analysed the BOSE textbooks were also present during the meeting.
Detailed presentations were made by the NCERT Subject specific experts about the analysis report along with some suggestions for overall improvement.
Follow up Action taken by JKBOSE
In the backdrop of this, JKBOSE conducted a series of workshops both at Srinagar and Jammu as a follow up of the recommendations made by the expert team of NCERT.
Utmost care has been taken for incorporation of the recommendations in revised textbooks of JKBOSE. The textbooks of several subjects have been revised including Mathematics Textbooks for classes 1st , 4th, 5th , 6th 7th and 9th have been revised and will be transacted in Winter Zone-KD, 2018, Hindi Textbooks for Classes 1st to 6th have been revised and will be transacted in Summer Zone- JD, 2019, Science Textbooks for Classes 6th to 8th have been revised and will be transacted in Summer Zone- JD, 2019, Environmental Studies Textbooks for Classes 3rd to 5th have been revised and will be transacted in Summer Zone- JD, 2019, Social Studies Textbooks for Classes 6th to 10th have been revised and most of these transacted in Winter Zone-KD, 2018.
In case of English, textbooks for classes 1st and 2nd have been revised as per the feedback from teachers, subject experts and on the basis of learning outcomes and learning levels developed by NCERT. Phonics has been introduced.
Furthermore, Teachers and Resource manual have also been developed for 1st time. The work on other pointed out textbooks of English is also in pipeline.
The JK BOSE textbooks have been contextualized which contain local specific contents in light of recommendations of NCF 2005. The chapters/ contents on Adolescence Education, Moral/ Value Education, Environmental Education, Women Empowerment, Financial Literacy, Disaster Management, etc have been included.
JK BOSE has recently introduced two more regional languages namely Balti and Shina besides the 6 other regional languages i.e. Kashmiri, Dogri, Pahari, Gojri, Bhoti and Punjabi in school curriculum.
It has implemented the Examination reforms in totality as suggested in National Curriculum Framework (NCF) 2005 on public Examinations from Current Examinations i.e Annual Regular Examinations of Class 11th, Winter Zone JD and KD, 2018.