Implementing CBSE pattern in Uttarakhand schools: Many a slip between cup and lips

Not only teachers, but senior officials in education department too are sceptical about implementing CBSE pattern in 17,000 state-run schools

dehradun Updated: Feb 08, 2018 21:17 IST
Nihi Sharma
Nihi Sharma
Hindustan Times, Dehradun
CBSE,UBSE,Uttarakhand Board of School Education
The Uttarakhand Board of School Education (UBSE) now follows the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) pattern only for board classes -- 10 and 12.(HT Photo)

It will not be a cakewalk for the school education department that is planning to introduce the CBSE pattern in over 17,000 state-run schools. Not only teachers but also senior officers are sceptical about the move.

The Uttarakhand Board of School Education (UBSE) now follows the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) pattern only for board classes -- 10 and 12.

School education minister Arvind Pandey recently brought the matter before union human resource and development minister Prakash Javadekar, who gave in principle approval.

“The education department is the spine of state (Uttarakhand) politics. And changing the board would mean pressure on government teachers. Chances of rolling out the project is not even 25%,” a senior education department official said.

The government has already rolled out tenders for publishing CBSE books of board classes here. Even private schools affiliated with CBSE in the state will also have to buy these books from next academic session (2018-19).

After getting this done, the next plan is to shift to CBSE. This would mean classes from 1-12 will have CBSE course as well as books. This also means that the books for other classes besides 10th and 12th-that were published by UBSE would also stop.

“The decision would change the face of government school education in the state. It would definitely bring the education system at par with the national-level. Students would be able to study a curriculum which is quoted in national level competitions,” said Alok Shekhar Tiwari, director general of school education.

Other officers informed the flip side of the process. “CBSE collects examination fee from students. They would only entertain affiliation of schools that has permanent teachers. Here our education system is running on guest teachers,” another official with the department said.

Teachers would also have to undergo capacity building, routine trainings and other personality development courses to ensure delivery as per CBSE standard. But, the most challenging part would be school curriculum in English.

“We teach Hindi medium books. If they have to be changed in English, then we need trainings. It’s a good initiative, unless state government is serious,” said Virendra Krishali, a government teacher.

Nearly 17 lakh students are enrolled in the state’s over 17,000 government schools. Approximately 3 lakh students appear in the board examinations every year.

First Published: Feb 08, 2018 21:17 IST