In a big leap, Goa board may take its Class IX to XII textbooks online

PANAJI: of secondary and higher secondary is exploring the possibility of uploading e-versions of all its for Classes IX to XII. The decision was taken by the board’s executive council in its meeting last month.

Last year, the board extended Holy Faith International’s tender for printing textbooks by one year — for 2018-19. However, the printer put in a request for a 10% increase in payment.

Minutes of the executive council meeting stated that it had “decided not to consider” the printer’s request for increased payment for the work for 2018-19. The board, therefore, decided to retender the printing of textbooks for the year 2019-2020.

The executive council also resolved to explore the possibility of uploading e-books of all titles printed by the board.

In future, text book printing costs can be cut down by making the content of the textbooks freely available online. This will also take care of any issues over receiving the books in time.

Under a programme of the Union human resource development (HRD) ministry, NCERT textbooks of Classes I to X can already be accessed through an app.

Recently, the Goa state council for educational research and training (SCERT) trained over 800 teachers of Classes VIII to X in use of the e-Pathshala app, which provides the content of all NCERT textbooks from Class I upwards on mobile phones. The resources on e-Pathshala are available in English, Hindi and Urdu.

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