1. Short-term In-service Courses:
With necessary amendment In the Act of 19:h, the Board is now the sole authority
to conduct all sorts of training at the primary education level. The important
training programmes that have recently been conducted by the Board are
Orientation of teachers in Teaching Science deserves in this
connection special mention. A training module in sets has
been meticulously developed by the experts basically incorporating
into it activity based methods for teaching-learning science
with low cost or no-cost materials that are easily available
in the locality. A cascadecum-concentric model has been
strictly adhered to. A large number of teachers have so
far been trained.
It may be mentioned in this connection that the effort on the
part of the Board to introduce improved method of science
teaching through activity-based module is unique in nature
and has drawn wide admiration from the NCERT, the joint
Review Mission of DFID which visited us earlier and the
UNICEF. The programme created immense enthusiasm and curiosity
amongst students, teachers, guardians, educationists and
public in general.
For making a study of the impact of the training/orientation
already implemented the Board is also thinking to involve
trusted organizations for monitoring and feedback. Distribution
of science kits also seems to be indispensable.
English Orientation Programme & preparation of English Text Books
the recommendations of Pabitra Sarkar Committee for teaching English as
second language at the primary level from the second semester of Class
II and acting upon the order of the School Education Department, Government
of West Bengal, the West Bengal Board of Primary Education introduced
the study of English in the year 1999. Thereafter, in 2000-2001, a massive
Orientation Programme was conducted by the Board for providing training
to more than one lakh primary teachers with the emphasis on the learner's
empowerment. In continuation of the previous programme, further initiative
was taken by the Board during 2003 in collaboration with the British Council
and the English Language Teaching (ELT) experts of our state, i.e, the
Institute of English, Kolkata and from other organizations to make the
teaching-learning process more effective by empowering the primary teachers
so that they may teach English successfully with emphasis on teacher-talk
device that may be instrumental to encourage the learners by reciprocating
with desired answer.
With that purpose in view the WBBPE arranged for a two-day English Orientation
Programme with the ELT experts from British Council and from our State
in April 2003 at the AIKATAN COMPLEX Salt Lake City, Kolkata.
The Master Resource Persons discussed in great details the possibilities for
exploring specific areas in the text books where teacher-talk could be
developed. Following this, a massive training programme was taken up with
the warm co-operation and assistance from the British Council Division,
Kolkata. The programme was conducted at three phases:
i) School visit from 10.09.2003 to 13.09.2003;
ii) Development of training materials from 14.09.2003 to 19.09.2203 and
iii) Training of the Key Resource Persons from 20.09.2003 to 27.09.2003.
All through this programme, Dr. George Raymond Mackay, the noted ELT Expert
from the British Council worked along with other State Experts, conducting
very effectively the entire schedule of training in which 75 KRPs took
part from all the districts of our State.