To Introduce New Exam System
Starting this academic year, the 10th and 12th standard
examinations conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will
have 20 per cent of the questions dedicated to testing the student’s critical
thinking skills rather than rote learning.
Addressing journalists here on Sunday, CBSE chairperson Ashok Ganguly said there
was a paradigm shift in the CBSE from More of The Same (MOTS) system based on
repetition and stereotypes to Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) with emphasis
on interpretation and synthesis of knowledge.
Extra time will be given in the exams for students to read
the question paper and later revise the answers, he added.
Mr. Ganguly said that the CBSE was introducing “vocational competency”
courses with industrial support. It had already introduced Financial Market
Management for which a joint certification would be introduced by the CBSE and
the National Stock Exchange.
Many more courses were being contemplated for students of the 11th and 12th
standards in collaboration with bodies such as the National Institute of Fashion
Technology and the National Association of Software and Services Companies. The
subjects range from garment designing and retail management to general
“The CBSE is also introducing new subjects in the area of arts. While Creative
Writing and Translation Studies have already been introduced, others such as
Film and Media, Heritage Craft and Gender Studies are in the pipeline,” said
Mr. Ganguly. The thinking process, he added, had already begun on introducing
nano technology in the curriculum either as an integrated or a separate subject.
While a five-point grading system is already in place to evaluate students up to
standard V under the CBSE system, a system is being worked out to introduce a
continuous and comprehensive evaluation system for 9th and 10th standards
too,” said Mr. Ganguly. There is also a proposal to put heads of institutions
through strategic leadership training programme in association with Indian
Institutes of Management at Bangalore, Ahmedabad and other centres. The CBSE may
not be able to declare results early to coincide with pre-university results of
States, said Mr. Ganguly, since evaluation had to be nation-wide. Results for
the 12th standard will be declared around the third week of May and for the 10th
standard around the fourth week of May, he added.
Courtesy : The Hindu