The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is the latest addition to the 3 Idiots fan club.
Under fire from teachers, parents and guardians for abolishing the Class X Board examinations, the CBSE has found an excellent lesson in the Amir Khan starrer that it wants them to learn from. If they watched the film they would be able to appreciate the rationale behind the changes brought about by the CBSE in the examination system.
“We don’t want to churn out rote learners, but want students to understand the concepts. We would also help them to find out where their aptitude lies. In may ways, 3 Idiots shows what ails the present education system,” CBSE Chairman Veenith Joshi told a gathering of CBSE school principals in Kolkata on Wednesday.
Which is why, the Board has made the film a part of its official presentation to convince the doubting thomsays that the modifications in the examination system were good.
“The guardians and teachers have several questions on the changes introduced by CBSE and many feel that they wouldn’t work. We suggest they should watch the film 3 Idiots to appreciate the changes we have introduced,” said Sadhana Parashar, education officer of CBSE, addressing a gathering of CBSE school principals in Kolkata on Wednesday.
During the interaction principals of several schools said they were finding it difficult to explain the abolition of board exams.
The CBSE wants students to ask questions and also wants to appreciate a student even if he or she was not bookish. These aspects were being explained with clippings from the film.
“The film can also be used as the motivating factor among the teachers and guardians to bring in the concept of continuous comprehensive evaluation,” Parashar added.
When 3 Idiots was being shot at IIM Bangalore in 2009, the CBSE was conducting a training session with some school principals at the same venue.Amir Khan attended the last session and distributed certifcates of participation to the principals.