The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has asked parents, school principals, teachers and students to send their feedback on the introduction of the open text-based assessment (OTBA) format for Classes 10 and 12. OTBA has already been introduced for classes 9 and 11 in CBSE-affiliated schools from the ongoing academic session.
The feedback questionnaire, uploaded on the board’s website, has nine questions including ones like ‘Do you think introduction of OTBA has really helped students in thinking beyond the syllabus and textbooks?’ and ‘Do you think it should be extended to Classes 10 and 12?’ The board said replies should be sent by March 25.
“The board has started this assessment for Classes 9 and 11 to relieve students of the burden of cramming the contents (of textbooks) and providing the opportunity to acquire skills of information processing, comprehension, analysis and inference. Now the board now plans to extend the format to other classes,” CBSE regional director RJ Khanderao said.
City residents, however, continue to remain divided on this issue. Bhavneet, a parent, said OTBA had only added to the students’ burdens. “The problem is that schools have not been clear about its implementation. There’s no point in introducing OTBA for other classes till there is some clarity about its usage and advantages,” he averred.
However, city-based CBSE counsellor Rakesh Sachdeva said the OTBA format provided a break from rote learning. “Schools must adopt a pro-active approach for better implementation of this assessment format,” he added.
Some believe the board has of late been introducing many changes too quickly, which can prove detrimental.