CBSE to change exam pattern
School examination pattern and composition are set to undergo an overhaul by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).
The teaching community has mixed reactions. Questions to test the problem solving abilities of the students will be included, starting from 2013.
“This will force children to come out of the rote-learning and test their application and analytical skills,” said Usha Ram, principal, Laxman Public School.
CBSE’s chairman, Vineet Joshi stated that the PSA system would evaluate quantitative and qualitative reasoning and incorporate aspects such as creative thinking, decision-making, problem solving and communication.
CBSE will also allot 5% of every major subject, such as English, Hindi, mathematics and physics, on questions pertaining to the cultural, environmental and social ethos of the country.
“Our existing educational system needs to be strengthened to deliver values enshrined in the Constitution. The curriculum needs to assign more weightage to value based questions,” said Ram Shankar, joint director, CBSE.
CBSE also plans to implement the ‘open book testing’ method for classes 10 and 12 from the next academic session.
Teachers said that this was a move that would require planning at not just the school level, but university level too. It’ll require students to know their texts well, teachers said.
“There has to be some connect between school and higher education. Some re-thinking is required to bridge the gap between school and college education,” said Ameeta Wattal, principal, Springdales (Pusa Road).