The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is planning to change the question paper pattern of class X and XII exam from 2020. The part of improvement also includes holding an examination of vocational subjects earlier in (February) and quick declaration of results.
Officials announced that the new exam pattern would test students on their analytical abilities and decreases the scope of rote learning.
A senior HRD ministry official, who did not wish to be named said, “The questions will be more in the nature of problem-solving. There will be 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”.
The board has already submitted a new “CBSE bylaws” to the ministry for approval, as per the rule the focus during affiliation/renewal of schools will be on the academic quality of institutions. For investigation of an infrastructure of schools, the board will bank on reports of the acknowledging authorities, which is the respective state education departments.
“The proposals will take another three-four months to crystallize. However, the board is already working towards the changes in the pattern of questions from 2020”. According to the official.
Hence, CBSE is looking forward to completing all the exams by March itself, in order to give more time for evaluation and to announce the result earlier.
As per MHRD sources, probably CBSE will schedule the Board exams in two parts which can be vocational and non-vocational subjects.
“The exams for vocational subjects, where the number of students in 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”. Assisted by an official.
Ministry officials also declared that the proposals regarding examination schedule is still at the discussion stage and “nothing has been crystallized so far”.
“State governments and other agencies conduct an inspection during the process of granting of recognition to schools. To repeat the same would be a waste of time and resources”, according to an official.
“Instead, CBSE will put to use its resources in measuring the academic quality”, an official added.
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