Know your education board: Innovations by CBSE

The CBSE has introduced several state-of-the-art practices and innovations, in keeping with the changing times. Read on for an exclusive conversation with the CBSE spokesperson.

By Team ParentCircle  • 9 min read

Know your education board: Innovations by CBSE

With Board exams 2020 in progress, ParentCircle reached out to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on its innovative practices for the Grade 10 and 12 exams. CBSE spokesperson Ms. Rama Sharma talked at length about how the board, in keeping with the changing times, is bringing in state-of-the-art practices and innovations. Read on for an Exclusive conversation.

Read some exclusive tips from CBSE for Class 10 and 12 Board examinations here.

The Anger-Free Zone initiative from the CBSE is a novel approach. Tell us more about it.
The Anger-free Zone initiative from Board is aimed at creating a healthier world for students by infusing positivity in everything around them. The idea behind this is to provide a happy learning environment to students in schools which will help in their holistic development. As anger can have long term effects on the psyche of children and may cause increased anxiety and other health issues, the Board has decided to take up holistic health and fitness in an innovative manner and requested all affiliated schools and its school leaders to make efforts to convert all CBSE Schools into an Anger-Free Zone. It is praiseworthy that schools have made keen efforts in making children happy, joyous and active learners.

There has been a lot of talk from the board lately on Artificial Intelligence….
CBSE is the only board of school education in the world to have initiated this move. CBSE views Artificial Intelligence (AI) as a significant accelerator of future global digital growth considering its importance, opportunity and potential. As a beginning to make India’s next generation to be ‘AI ready’, CBSE has introduced Artificial Intelligence as an optional sixth subject at Class 9 from the Session 2019-2020 onwards. To enhance the multidisciplinary approach in teaching learning and also to sensitize the new generation, schools may start AI “Inspire module” of 12 hours at Class 8 itself.
CBSE has issued FAQs on AI, Artificial Intelligence Integration Manual, AI Curriculum Handbook, and AI Project to help schools initiate AI course effectively.

How else is CBSE embracing technology?
The board uses TETRA (Theory Evaluation Trend Analysis) is a decision support system which facilitates real time evaluation monitoring and also allows trend analysis and visualization of scoring patterns by students in different regions, cities and across different sets.
TETRA helps in assessing live trend of marks scored across the centres and in detection of deviation/ambiguity or difficulty level of Question Papers. It helps in formation of decision on moderation of marks in subject(s) as required against the difficulties/deviation observed.

How is CBSE planning to innovate in the face of international boards entering India?
CBSE is always in sync with the changing times and has taken several steps to meet emerging requirements of students, schools and other stakeholders in background of international changes. Today, CBSE has presence in 26 countries and has adopted technology in its systems and functions to have global reach. It has introduced new age subjects, emphasized on new methods and practices in teaching-learning processes like experiential learning Artificial Intelligence, Art Integrated Education, Ecological, Water Conservation and Yoga.
For quality improvement in classrooms, the board provides common platforms to schools through “Hubs of Learning” for sharing best practices and emerging trends.
CBSE is perhaps the first and foremost Board in the world to ideate and provide free of cost pre-exam psychological counselling to its students for the last 23 years through telephone through IVRS, social media channels and Board’s website to safeguard mental health of students.

Any plans for gradually moving away from board exams and opting for continuous evaluation?
CBSE constantly monitors its assessment and evaluation systems and brings in required changes. It has already emphasized on different levels of assessment and evaluation.
As a part of continuous evaluation, internal assessment has been introduced in all subjects other than those having practicals. Strengthening Assessment and Evaluation Practices of the Board have been developed for Grades 9 to 12 based on feedback received from of education experts, teacher educators, principals and teachers. Even assessment and evaluation has been modified to encourage conceptual understanding instead of rote learning to the extent that creative, correct and relevant answers given by students other than ones mentioned in the Marking Scheme are preferred for evaluation now.

CBSE curriculum is usually perceived to emphasize rote learning. But today we see a shift to experiential learning.
There is a need to promote self-thinking, creativity, and effective study skills among students. Experiential learning has become one of the core thrust areas for CBSE. This is perhaps the most effective and profound way to connect knowledge to real life and shift the focus away from rote learning.
Even the design of the question papers has been changed with approximately 33% increase in internal choice in all of the major subjects both for classes 10 and 12 and introduced 25% objective type questions. In consonance with its agenda, CBSE has made Art Education mandatory for Grades 1 to 10 with a minimum of two periods per week per class. Guidelines have been given to schools to integrate art with teaching and learning of all subjects from Grades 1 to 12. In another first from the Board Schools have also been suggested to include teaching culinary art in Grades 6 to 8 in a gender-neutral way.

What are some accommodations the board is offering to students with special needs?
The Board is already extending several Exemptions/Concessions to Person with Benchmark Disabilities for Class 10 & 12 Examinations conducted by the CBSE in accordance with The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act-2016.
In addition to Concession/Exemptions being extended as contained in circular no CBSE/COORD/112233/2019 Dated 12 April 2019, the Board has now decided to facilitate such students by permitting use of Simple Basic Calculator during Class 10 & Class 12 Board's Examinations. Calculator will be allowed to those students already registered under CWSN category for class 10 & Class 12 examinations 2020.

Interviewed by Team ParentCircle on 26 February 2020.

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