Open text based assessment for CBSE Class IX, XII
The CBSE's recent release of study material for Open Text Based Assessment (OTBA),
applicable to classes' IX and XI final exams scheduled in March-2014, has
stunned many schools.
Most schools have found the material challenging enough to
introduce it without changing the entire teaching methodology. Others have
admitted that teachers requires intensive training before they teach the
material to students.
In the new system, students will be given text material four months in
advance and they will be allowed to carry the case studies during the
After analyzing the material, Lata Rawat, principal of
Cambridge Court High School, said, "It has questions of higher order thinking
skills, meaning learning through critical thinking and problem solving. Most of
sample questions are subjective and based on concepts. Indeed, it requires
intensive deliberations before we could explain the concept to students."
The circular released by the CBSE says that schools have to
prepare question paper out of the material provided by the CBSE. The material
has been released for all main subjects-English, Hindi, Mathematics, Science and
Social science for class IX and Geography, Economics and Biology for class XI.
Courtesy: The Times of India