The Central Board of Secondary Education has been taking many initiatives to provide interactive, participatory, hands-on, innovative and creative learning experiences to students studying in its affiliated schools. One such initiative refers to the organisation of Science Exhibitions at Regional and National levels every year. The activity aims at providing a common platform to schools, teachers and students to give shape to their innovate ideas and learn from each other’s experiences. These exhibitions also intend to provide a medium for popularising Science and increase awareness among the stakeholders about close relationship between Science, Technology and Society.
The Central Board of Secondary Education will be conducting the National Informatics Olympiad in collaboration with the Indian Association for Research in Computing Science (IARCS), Mumbai, across the country and abroad. The examination for the same will be held in two stages. The examination will be open to all the students of classes VIII to XII studying in schools affiliated to CBSE as well as other Boards in the country.
The first stage examination consisting of the Zonal Informatics Olympiad will be held on Saturday, November 20, 2010 between 10.00 am and 01.00 pm. The examination will be a written examination to test the aptitude of the students, their logical competence,
problem-solving skills, and critical thinking.
Central Board of Secondary Education has been conducting Group Mathematics Olympiad every year. The competition is held at selected venues in different parts of the country and aims at identifying, promoting and nurturing talent in the subject.
The Commonwealth Games 2010 are set to start and it may be worthwhile to get children involved in activities that excite them about the Commonwealth Games. The `Shera Mera Dost’ Programme has been prepared to educate school children about the games and to generate an atmosphere conducive to the success of the Commonwealth Games. It is also to create among children a motivation to be enthusiastic and participative in events related to the country as young active citizens.
CBSE has recently extended the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation scheme in classes IX & X, introduced grading system in class X and has phased out class X exams for students of senior secondary schools. The common factor running across these initiatives is to make the entire spectrum of school education learner friendly.
This is in continuation of our Circular No.43/2010 dated 02.08.2010 regarding conduct of Classes IX and X Examination under Summative Assessment-I held in September, 2010.
As you are aware, the Central Board of Secondary Education has introduced Examination Reforms and Continuous & Comprehensive Evaluation(CCE) in i t s schools since last academic year 2009-10 and the detailed scheme has already been intimated to all Heads of schools vide CBSE’s previous circulars.
CBSE has recently revised the syllabus of Informatics Practices for Senior Secondary classes, connecting it to the latest trends with emphasis on use of Open Source Software for 2011 Board examination.
As a part of ongoing examination reforms, the Board has initiated series of measures related to strengthening of school education and aligning the assessment practices with international standards. One such measure relates to conduct of Proficiency Test at the end of Class-X in all the five main subjects from next year.