CBSE, one of India's oldest education boards, set to get a makeover
The main change that the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) plans to change is the question paper pattern of Class X and XII exams from 2020.
The new exam pattern would test students on their analytical abilities and reduce the scope of rote learning, officials said.
Rote vs actual learning
The questions will be more in the nature of problem-solving, with more short questions (between 1 to 5 marks). The stress would be on probing the critical thinking abilities of students and test actual learning outcomes rather than allow students to score high marks by virtue of rote.
Exam dates and results
The board is also looking at completing all exams in March itself to give more time for evaluation and to declare the results earlier. As part of the revamp vocational subject tests will also be held earlier.
CBSE is likely to schedule the Board exams in two parts - vocational and non-vocational subjects. "The exams for vocational subjects, where the number of students is significantly lower, can be conducted in February so that the exams for other subjects can be completed in around 15 days in the month of March," the official said.
CBSE is also seeking to change its bylaws that will impact the rules of affiliation for schools. The proposed bylaws will lay more emphasis on the academic quality of schools, such as the quality of teachers, learning outcomes and pedagogy.
The board will notconductany inspection of the school's physical infrastructure, for which it will depend on reports of the directorates of education/school education departments of respective states which give recognition to schools.
Source: Economic Times