Major changes are on the cards to bring the Indian educational system on par with international levels, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) chairman Ashok Ganguly has said.
Ganguly, who was here to inaugurate the 10th National Basketball Tournament of CBSE affiliated schools, said Monday the changes would help keep pace with the process of globalisation.
He said internal assessment and work in the laboratories would be taken into account in the final evaluation of students. This apart, 40 marks would be awarded for practical exams against the present 20.
Sex education, particularly to update students about HIV/AIDS, would begin from the next session. Courses in creative writing and translation, media and film studies, visual arts and graphic designing would be introduced soon, Ganguly said.
For the first time, the CBSE is going to introduce disaster management courses for the students of class six to eight.
A new programme called 'Sahodaya' had also been introduced network all CBSE affiliated schools, which would also get mathematics laboratories for teaching the fundamental principles of the subject.
The CBSE chairman said educators would be reoriented towards creative teaching, with stress on innovative learning methods. The nodal schools will hold periodic orientation workshops for teachers, for which the board had tied up with the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs).
Principals will have to be reoriented towards responding creatively to the new challenges and training workshops for them have been planned, Ganguly added.