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J&K’s shift to common BOSE curriculum in schools is long overdue

Ziraat Times Editorial Board

Jammu & Kashmir government’s mandate for BOSE-published textbooks across all classes, from  first to 12th graders, offers a welcome move towards quality-driven  standardization. This decision isn’t just about uniformity; it’s about safeguarding the very foundation of education in J&K.

Let’s face it, the unbridled use of curriculum books from little-known publishers, and often written by non subject experts, was a cause of inconsistency and confusion. Imagine young minds grappling with conflicting accounts of information, divergent interpretations, and varying levels of quality – it’s a recipe for educational chaos. These non-expert written books, often riddled with errors and lacking a coherent progression, were doing a disservice to both students and their aspirations in Jammu & Kashmir’s schools. The case of language curriculum school books is a case in point. Primary language curriculum books, like that of Hindi and Urdu, use words and semantics of masters and even PhD levels, with absolutely no consideration to learning gradualism and progression. Such a state  of affairs has long impacted children’s confidence and clarity for their future education.

A standardized BOSE curriculum promises several benefits. First, it ensures consistency and quality. BOSE, with its expertise and understanding of J&K’s unique educational needs, is better equipped to curate age-appropriate content that aligns with national standards. This consistency translates to a streamlined learning experience, where students graduatw from one class to another in a logical and gradual manner.

Second, uniformity paves the way for equal opportunity. Without a shared set of resources, students from different schools faced an uneven playing field. Standardized BOSE books democratize education, ensuring every child, regardless of socioeconomic background or school affiliation, has access to the same high-quality and affordable books. This levels the playing field and fosters a sense of equity in the educational landscape of Jammu & Kashmir.

Third, a common curriculum simplifies collaboration and support. With standardized textbooks, teachers can share strategies, discuss best practices, and collaborate to create engaging learning environments. This unified approach strengthens the teaching community and ensures all students receive the same level of support, regardless of the teacher or school.

Of course, some apprehensions, especially those being articulated by certain private schools,  is understandable. Change, even for the better, can be unsettling. However, it is vital to remember that this move isn’t about stifling creativity or local perspectives. On the contrary, BOSE curriculum can be, and should be, adapted to incorporate J&K’s rich cultural tapestry and unique context. The focus is on ensuring a strong foundation of knowledge and skills, upon which local nuances can be beautifully embroidered.

In the final analysis, the J&K government’s decision to mandate BOSE curriculum books is a wise move in the right direction. It promises consistent quality, equal opportunity, and a stronger support system for students across the state. Schools, parents and the society, at large, need to embrace this change, support its implementation, and support J&K’s young minds blossom brace for the challenges of the 21st century and transform into the thought leaders of tomorrow.

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