CBSE curriculum is heading for change

DUBAI — The Delhi-based Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) which has around 46 affiliated schools in the UAE and a total of 7,246 schools worldwide, is heading towards a revamp of its curriculum design and transaction in tandem with the changing global dynamics.

By Meraj Rizvi

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Published: Fri 3 Dec 2004, 12:21 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 1:22 PM

Rama Sharma, CBSE’s Public Relations Officer who was in Dubai recently, said, “The initiative is in line with the board’s effort to ensure holistic development in the school spectrum.”

“Curriculum updation of content and design is a continuous process that CBSE views very closely in the background of the global developments and dynamic market forces. There seems to be a radical change worldwide in the employment opportunities in the unorganised sector as compared to the organised sector,” she said, explaining the shift has created the need for CBSE to develop skill-based courses.

Sharma who recently addressed a Press conference on the Careers exposition to be organised from December 7 to 9, by the Dubai Education District and the Indian High School, Dubai, to counsel students on future study and career options in many countries, including India, highlighted some of the changes in curricula, examination policy and evaluation system introduced by CBSE in an effort to become a ‘student-friendly’ board.

She said the board is de-stressing school education further by introducing continuous and comprehensive evaluation system for the learner which will certainly play a vital role in the process of learning and personality building.

“The unwarranted emphasis on examinations has created an artificial atmosphere of threat and unhealthy competition and largely negated the basic objectives of education. As a result, the board has introduced continuous assessment up to grade V. Under the scheme, no student will be declared pass or fail up to Class V. The assessment will be done on the guidelines of continuous and comprehensive evaluation,” she said, adding that the provision will be gradually extended up to Class VIII.”

The official said the board provides sufficient freedom to the schools for the assessment of subjects like work experience, art education, physical and health education and general studies on continuous basis. “In order to enhance the participation of schools in the total evaluation process and in a bid to bring those areas of human personality not covered by the board’s examination and its certificate, CBSE authorises schools to issue co-scholastic certificates on completion of 10 years of schooling. The certificate of school based evaluation indicates the positive aspects of a student’s personality, self-appraisal by the student and provides an idea about the potential of an individual.”

Further, the board has also decided to reduce the load of school bags for students up to Class II. No homework will now be given to the students. However, they will be encouraged to participate in alternate assignments specially designed to develop the holistic personality of the children, disclosed Sharma.

To equip children with basic skills like problem solving, creativity, effective communication and, above all, decision-making and coping with stress, life skills education is now incorporated in the CBSE curriculum. The course has been designed and implemented in Classes VI and VII and there are plans to extend this further to Class X. These skills facilitate introspection, understanding and appreciation, Sharma pointed out.

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