• WB: Experts ready with bridge course books for IX-XII
    Times of India | 23 November 2021
  • KOLKATA: Experts are ready with the learning materials for the bridge courses prepared for classes IX to XII at state-board schools to be taught in the new session, starting from January.

    The aim of offering the bridge course is to fill the learning gap of nearly two years that resulted from the campus shutdown during the Covid pandemic.

    Books for the bridge course for classes IX and X—nine for each class— will be ready by the end of this month and distributed before the next session. Classes XI and XII will get their after this HS exam. Thirty-six books will be given to XI and XII. Around Rs 100 crore has been allotted for the project that will cover around 43 lakh students.

    The study materials will offer learning for three months and will include key parts of the syllabuses from previous years, which usually act as the linking portions of curriculums of different classes. Evaluation materials are also attached with each book and summative exams will be held on the matters taught. Bridge and foundation are the two important parts of the new learning process.

    Explaining the process, an official said, students who were in Class VIII before the pandemic will be promoted to Class X in the new academic session in January 2022. The bridge course will revise the syllabuses of classes VIII and IX in a nutshell for them. The new learning materials will work as foundation learning for the subjects to be taught for the first time in the Higher Secondary level such as economic, politicial science and statistics.

    Hundreds of students’ education witnessed a setback due to the past two years’ campus shutdown, largely because a majority of them could not attend online classes. Many of them did not have smart devices and for many, internet connections were weak. Department officials admitted despite various online programmes, not all students would be reached out to.
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