CBSE will have more practicals

CBSE board has made a bigger announcement regarding 2020 board examinations for class 12. Board has decided that subjects like humanities, History, English and Hindi will also have practical exams like Chemistry, Biology, and Physics.

As per, CBSE official's statement from the next academic session, all papers will have both theory and practical elements. The breakdown of marks will remain the same — 80 marks for theory and 20 marks for practicals.

An official circular regarding the decision, however, is yet to be sent to schools.

“We included practicals in the Hindi paper this academic session on a trial basis and were happy with the results,” said a senior official from CBSE. “From the coming year, all subjects will have a compulsory practical and theory element.”

Now let's try to understand how practicals in these subjects will be taken

CBSE has lined up field trips, project work, and recitals as part of its practical portion for the humanities subjects. For History, the practical part will include project work, field trips, and other similar work. 

English and Hindi could see recitation, debates and other ways in which a student’s language skills can be tested.

In the 2019-20 board exam that concluded recently, CBSE included recitation as a part of practicals for the Hindi exam.

The idea behind including practicals in all subjects is to move away from the rote learning approach that the students have been following so far.

“Making practicals a part of the evaluation will give a different approach to learning and students will be able to move away from just cramming and reproducing on the paper,” the official added.

CBSE Board has taken several other steps to move away from the rote learning approach, including awarding marks for creative answers and increasing the number of objective type questions in this 2020 exam.

Board is making continuous updates in its examination pattern to develop the standard and is focusing more on practical knowledge rather than theoretical. 

At Studies Today we have always taken a practical approach to learning, Having the flexibility to deliver core learning in ways that engage our children is very important – and a curriculum focused around a variety of practical activities with tangible outcomes hits the nail on the head.


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