CBSE Rolls Back Reforms

CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) students might lose the advantage they have over the other students as per the words of some experts. As per them, the board has wrongly removed the latest academic reforms, which would have taken it far ahead of its peers by bringing back exam-based learning and rote learning. Certain Instances in this regard include the removal of Open Text Based Assessment (OTBA) for IX and XI standards as it was focused on developing analytical and critical thinking of students and had case studies with open-end questions to answer. This was done almost simultaneously with making the Xstandard exams mandatory again, removal of the Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation aimed at all-round assessments and the dropping of the board’s international curriculum.

The below reforms were the ones, which were introduced recently and dropped afterwards:

CCE: The Continuous and Competitive Evaluation (CCE): This system was introduced in 2009 with the aim of evaluating of students’ performance on an all-round basis but has been dropped by the board recently. This has been replaced by year-end exam assessments. The exams will be written as an assessment of 80 marks and a school-based assessment of 20 marks.

Board Exams (Optional):  From the academic year 2017-18, the board exams were made mandatory for X-standard students again. The exams were earlier made optional, in the year 2011 students were given the option to attend school-based assessments. The aim behind this was to reduce exam fear.

Problem-Solving Assessments:  The board dropped the PSA during the class IX and XI academic year of 2015 hastily. The assessment aimed at improving the student’s problem-solving skills and Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS)

OTBA: This was introduced for Class IX in the year March 2014 for subjects like Mathematics, English, Social Science and Science and for Class XI subjects like Biology, Economics, and Geography.

CBSE-I: The board would discontinue its international curriculum started on a pilot basis titled the same in 2010-11 all due to the unavailability of world-class quality reading material and some technical roadblocks and it would cease to exist from the 2017-18 academic year.


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