Government has been working on revamping the school level education system for all CBSE affiliated schools in India. HRD ministry has recently asked for suggestions from teachers, students and parents on the syllabus contents. Thousands of respondents along with teachers submitted their responses on the MHRD website on their opinion about the syllabus for various classes and what all topics to keep and what all to remove. CBSE and government are currently working on revision of syllabus for all classes. It’s expected that the revised syllabus will be applicable from 2019 onwards for the academic session 2019-2020.
The revised syllabus will be sent to NCERT based on which the updated NCERT books will have to be printed and circulated to thousands of schools across the country.
In continuation of this process, the CBSE is also planning to revamp the examination system. To start with the board exam system will be changed by changing the question paper pattern for class 10 and class 12. Various things are discussed and planned as part of the changes. To start with the Vocation subject’s tests will be held earlier. These exams might now happen in the month of February and the results are also expected to be declared earlier.
The question papers will also be set differently. Instead of asking questions for which the students used to mug up the answers and write in the exams. The questions will be rather smartly set now which will focus more on checking the understanding of the student about the topics explained in the chapters. The student will have to analyse the chapters, have a clear understanding of the concepts, then only they will be able to answer the questions.
The earlier examination system which promoted rote learning will be done away with and new analytical questions will be introduced in the exams.
It’s expected that case studies and problem solving questions will be given, the student will have to apply the learning and understanding from the chapters and then answer the questions accordingly.
This will promote critical thinking amongst students and allow students with better analytical skills and clear understanding of various topics to score more.
More short questions and multiple choice questions might be introduced in the exams.
It is also expected that the exams will be over by end of March which will give more quality time to teachers to evaluate the answer sheets thus avoiding evaluation and result consolidation errors.
Once the final decisions on the above topic are taken by the CBSE board then the same will be sent to government for approval. Based on the approvals the new examination system will be given final shape and implemented. Also, as per an earlier announcement, CBSE will be sending encrypted question papers to various schools which will avoid papers being leaked. During the board exams held in 2018, rumours of paper leak was massively spread leading to confusion and anger amongst students and parents. The new encrypted system has already been tested and it’s expected the same will be used in the next year examination.
Once the above explained examination system is implemented in class 10 and class 12, the same will be applied in junior classes too from 2020 onwards. This will promote quality education amongst students and make them better thinkers and problem solvers.