(News) Read storybooks & get more marks, suggests CBSE
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Read storybooks & get more marks, suggests CBSE
Reading storybooks by the likes of Enid Blyton or Agatha
Christie may now earn children marks at school.
Students from Class V onwards could soon be rewarded on their reading habits
under a Central Board of Secondary Education proposal to use a new evaluation
system to encourage children to read storybooks.
India’s largest school board has asked affiliated institutions to include
reading habits among parameters to be used in the comprehensive and continuous
evaluation (CCE) of students in English, and has even proposed a reading list.
The CCE, already in place till Class VIII and extended no
w till Class X, is
aimed at reducing a student’s dependence on his performance in term-ending
examinations to secure good marks.
Under this evaluation system, a student’s term scores are based on his
performance in a series of tests and assignments, measured in two formative
assessments, and one semester-ending test.
The CBSE, in its letter to affiliated schools, has proposed that reading habits
be tested in one of the formative assessments using discussions, quizzes,
dramatised depictions and even an interaction with the author, if possible.
The board has cautioned against asking students to write reports on the books
they read — a form of assessment the CBSE feels may bore students.
Students can, however, be asked to critically review a book or its characters,
the board has said.
The books should not be taught in class. Instead, a teacher can ask the students
of a class to read any book they like by a particular (and common) author or
The books recommended by the CBSE range from old classics to modern-day works of