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The new era in development of Materials, Renewal of Textbooks and Preparation of Teachers' Guidebooks:
Along with the introduction of renewed and modernized curriculum and syllabuses the need for improved version of the existing textbooks and teachers' guidebooks has been felt urgent. the process of development of the textbooks was carried out keeping in mind the basic features to be incorporated into.The textbooks with clearly identified learner's competencies for each lesson and with elaborate exercises to promote self-learning have been so developed through workshops/group meetings with support from West Bengal District Primary Education Programme and Paschim Banga Rajya Prarambhik Siksha Unnayan Sanstha so as to conform to the latest trends and developments, social, scientific, economic, political that are conducive to the healthy grown of the learners as responsible good citizens of future India. All efforts have been made to promote the sense of gender equity and equality, national integration, communal harmony, scientific outlook, human rights, love for animals, self consciousness of the children with special need, preservation of pollution-free environment, basic human values, anti-war attitude and discarding childlabour, ill-feeling towards others, hunting etc. through textual matters.It may be noted in this connection that textbooks are published in Bengali, Hindi, Urdu, Nepali and Santali (Olchiki) to cater to the needs of the various language communities residing in West Bengal. As effective measure for quality improvement Teachers' Guidebooks, Workbook-cum-Evaluation sheets have been developed and are being developed respectively for wider diffusion. The table below shows the subject-wise textbooks that the West Bengal Board of Primary Education has developed:


Sl No

Subject

Total No. for I to V (one for each class)

Languages [Bengali, Hindi, Urdu, Nepali, Santali (Olchiki*)]

1

Literacy

 

5

i) First Language

5

ii) Second Language

5

2

Numeracy

5

5

3

EVS# for Class III to V

   

i) History

3

5

ii) Geography

3

5

iii) Natural Science

3

5

 

# No textbooks for Class I & II: There is separate Guidebook for the teachers.
* In the process.
Aprogramme of periodic renewal/revision of Textbooks as necessary are strictly adhered to.Manuscripts are prepared by the West Bengal Board of Primary Education and the onus of printing and distribution lies with the Directorate of School Education, West Bengal. These manuscripts are handed over to School Education Directorate, West Bengal for publication and distribution. Students get the books free of costs. Every year a Book Day is observed and the distribution of the Textbooks is launched on that day. Modules for guidance of teachers have been developed through concerted efforts ofW.B.Board of Primary Education, W.B. District Primary Education Programme and Paschim Banga Rajya Prarambhik Siksha Unnayan Sanstha and printed and published by the Board. Workbooks for Co-scholastic subjects like works on Direct Experience and Creative and Productive Works have meanwhile been developed similarly.Some of the important modules (Sikshak Prasikshan Sambhar) recently published in the following areas deserve mention:

1.Primary School Health Programme
2.Teaching of English as Second Language
3.Direct Experience, Creative and Productive Works
4. Science Teaching (Activity-based)
5. Mulyan Nirdeshika (Revised)
6. Primary School Sanitation and Hygiene Education:
A module for SensitizationWith the introduction of English from Class I as per recent decision of the Government textbooks have been meticulously developed by Group of Experts and the textbook for Class II has also been revised and renewed. This is being used from the academic session 2005-2006