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11th December 2014

Kolkata, December 11th,2014: The Government in School Education has mandated the State Council for Education Research and Training (SCERT)- West Bengal (WB) as the nodal agency for implenting the TESS-India activities, an approved project of Minisrty of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Department of School Education & Literacy, Government of India, in West Bengal. The SCERT(WB) & TESS-India since then are collaborating in various activities for quality improvement of the school education in West Bengal, as a part of promoting the use of Open Educational Resources (OER)1 in teacher  education and training. The TESS-India team led by the Open University UK academicians, in collaboration with SCERT-WB, organised a familirisation workshop for the State Resource Group (SRG)2, in Kolkata, today. The purpose of the workshop was to introduce the final TESS-India OERs to the State Resource Group with a view to familiarise them with the structure and pedagogy of the same. This is an important step towards creating OERs in local language.


The workshop was inaugurated by Dr.Chhanda Ray, Director, SCERT, West Bengal, academic team from The Open University and the TESS- India country office alongwith state representatives of TESS-India. Members from SCERT, District Institutes of Education and Training (DIETs), Teacher Education Institutes and schools participated in the workshop to gain a greater level of familiarity with the newly available TESS-India OER, which have been jointly developed by the Open University  UK and Indian experts, followed by a review from Independent Review Panel (comprising of Indian and International experts) constituted by MHRD.


“Familiarisation workshop has special importance as the team from The Open University UK is here to build the capacity of the State Resource Group. It is important that these Teacher Development Units are developed in local languages to make them more effective locally,” said Dr. Chhanda Ray, Director, SCERT- West Bengal. “The key of success is the learning with an open mind and applying the knowledge in appropriate context,” Dr. Ray added further.


At the workshop, SRG members shared their ideas and experience around how the TESS-India OER will be used within their state and how they could be incorporated into existing teacher education progammes in the state.


“The experience and skills of SRG members asteachers, teacher education experts, along with their knowledge of state-specific requirements, will be invaluable to ensuring that the TESS-India OERs arelocalised appropriately and are fully utilised to support changes in teachers’ classroom practices  and hence improvements in student learning,” said Suman Dasgupta, state representative- West Bengal, TESS-India


About TESS India


TESS-India (Teacher Education Through School-based Support) project, led by the third largest university in UK, the Open University UK and funded by DFID, is a long term initiative to develop a better educated teacher workforce which encourages student centric learning pedagogies at both elementary and secondary school levels across India.


SCERT-West Bengal is the nodal agency for the implementation of TESS India projects in West Bengal. The SRG group is constituted in West Bengal to support the implementation of TESS India projects in West Bengal. It is expected to build the capacity of the SRG in the process. TESS India is already a partner in the School Leadership Development Programme in West Bengal along with SCERT. Among other things there are also plans to provide hands-on orientation to 12000 Science and Maths teacher in the state with the localised TESS India OERs soon.


Notes to the editor:

  1. Open Educational Resources (OER) are the education material available freely (esp on the web) which can be easily adapted to ones requirements
  2. State Resource Group (SRG) comprises of members from SCERT, DIETs, TEIs and schools.

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Shashwat Raj, communications specialist-TESS India, +91 989 949 4851,

SumanDasgupta, state representative- West Bengal, TESS India, +91 983 085 8829