The Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education is considering to upload e-versions of its all textbooks for class IX to XII.
The board has taken the decision to make the textbooks available online to reduce the printing cost and also to resolve the issues of not receiving the books on time among students and teachers.
Recently, Holy Faith International – a publishing house in Goa received an extension in the tender by the board to print textbooks for 2018-19. The publisher also requested 10 percent increase in payment.
The executive council decided not to approve the increase in payment for the work of 2018-19 and also decided to call for tender again for the printing work for 2019-2020.
Recently, Goa’s State Council for Educational Research and Training (SCERT) provided a mobile app called e-Pathshala to over 800 teachers in the State. The app has all the NCERT textbooks from class I onwards. The content on this app is available in three languages-English, Hindi and Urdu.
In other initiatives, the teachers in Goa have been also introduced to the National Repository of Open Educational Resources (NROER) to improve their teaching skills.