CBSE to start scholarships for girls

The Board is starting a slew of reforms from the coming year to make the examination more stress-free.

india Updated: May 30, 2006 12:23 IST

The Central Board of Secondary Education would introduce scholarships for girl students and a slew of reforms from the coming year to make the examination more stress-free and help students perform better.

CBSE would award scholarship of Rs 500 per month for two years till class-XII to the single girl child securing more than 60 per cent marks in class-X, its Chairman Prof Ashok Ganguly said.

"The scholarship is a new scheme being started for the single girl child. We have made provision for awarding scholarships to 550 such students this year. If we find that the number of eligible candidates are more, we will increase the number of scholarships," he said.

On the reforms, Ganguly said these include restructuring the question papers in all subjects and introducing the grading system from 2008.

"This year we had started some reforms in some specific papers. And it proved beneficial as the result in both class-X and class-XII has been better than the last year. We will extend the reforms to all the papers in the coming year examination," he said.

CBSE had restructed the question patterns in three papers in class-X and seven papers in class-XII. These papers are Mathematics, Social Science and Science in class-X and Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology, Business Studies, Economics and Accountancy in class-XII.

"The result of the students in these papers has improved. About 96 per cent of the students have passed in Social Science paper in class-X and similar was the result in other papers," Ganguly added.

The restructuring of the question papers refers to designing the paper with proper blending of "accuracy" and "time" which helps the students answer the questions before the allotted time.

"The question papers are made in a manner which does not put any problem for the students to comprehend the questions. And they are able to answer before the allotted time," he added.

Similarly CBSE had introduced the internal assessment system which proved to be of immense help for the students, Ganguly said.

The extra time of 15 minutes provided to them for comprehending questions also helped students, he added.

The grading system for the class-X students will be in place from 2008. There will be nine categories of grades with each having 10 different scalings, he added.

First Published: May 30, 2006 12:23 IST