The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has asked the schools affiliated with the board to send a feedback on introduction of open text-based assessment (OTBA).
The feedback questionnaire seeks to obtain views from school principals, teachers, students and parents on various aspects of the OTBA.
Based on the inputs received from the schools in the form of comments and suggestions, the CBSE will further initiate steps in modifying its scheme and extending it to other subjects and classes, from the next session.
The CBSE has asked from schools to send the reply of the feedback questionnaire till March 25. However, the board has started this assessment to relieve students from the burden of mugging up the content and provide opportunities in acquiring skills of information processing, comprehension, analysis and inference. The board had introduced this assessment for Class 9 and 11.
For Class 9, the board has introduced this scheme in five subjects- Hindi, English, science, mathematics and social studies. However, for Class 11, the scheme is introduced in geography, economics and biology.
The questionnaire has nine questions like do you think introduction of the OTBA has really helped students in thinking beyond the syllabus and textbooks? What administrative difficulties were faced in implementation of the OTBA in schools? Do you think it should be extended to Class 10 and 12, and any other feedback can also be send to the board?
Talking to Hindustan Times, Harmeet Kaur Waraich, principal, Nankana Sahib Public School, Ludhiana, said, "The OTBA has been very beneficial for students to help them think beyond the textbooks. We will send the feedback to the board before March 25."