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Students soon can opt for subjects from multiple disciplines together

Courtesy: The Hindu

The HRD Ministry wants to give students the flexibility of having multi-disciplinary subjects from streams of Science, Arts and Commerce together at Class-XI, XII and graduation.

Can a student opt for subjects like Physics, Economics and Sanskrit together at Class-XII or under-graduation level?

Such multi-disciplinary subject combinations, which have been denied to students in most of the state boards and universities, could be a reality soon.

The HRD Ministry wants to give students the flexibility of having multi-disciplinary subjects from streams of Science, Arts and Commerce together at Class-XI, XII and graduation.

The move has been initiated by HRD Minister Kapil Sibal who has been insisting on making education more student centric and promoting creativity.

The ministry has set up a ten-member panel, headed by S. C. Khuntia, Joint Secretary, Department of School Education and Literacy, to suggest on allowing flexibility in subject combinations to students at senior secondary and graduation level.

CBSE Chairman Vineet Joshi is the member convener of the committee which will submit its report by September this year, a senior CBSE official told PTI.

The matter was discussed at a meeting of vice chancellors and school principals held here on January 27 this year.

At present, students are able to study subjects of science, commerce and social science together at Class-XII level in certain boards like CBSE and ICSE. However, such combination is not allowed by the state boards.

Similarly, universities mainly allow students to either prefer Science, Commerce or Arts streams at graduation level. Students are not able to pursue multi-disciplinary subjects together.

The committee will also suggest mechanisms for comparing results of students under different boards.

This step assumes significance as experts feel there is huge discrepancy in the evaluation and examination systems of different boards, the official said.

There are allegations that competency level of students securing same percentage of marks in different states is not necessarily equal.

The committee will study the evaluation and examination systems of different boards and suggest mechanisms for inter-board comparability of results.

Introduction of core curriculum at Class-XI and XII and national level entrance test for under-graduate programmes will be among the other issues before the committee.

Introduction of grading system and Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluations at Class-XII will also be looked into by the committee.

Other members of the committee are Joint Director - NCERT, Secretary General-Council of Boards of School Education in India, Vice Chairman-UGC, Director-IIT Kanpur, Chairperson - Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board, Principal Secretary (School Education)-West Bengal government, S. Sathyam - former secretary to Government of India and H. S. Srivastava - former HoD, NCERT.

Class X Results? Who Cares!

Courtesy: Yahoo News

The run up to CBSE's Class X results, which will be declared on May 28, is distinctly different this year. Sahil Sharma, a Class X student of Delhi Public School, Dwarka, is not a bundle of nerves. "Earlier, there was pressure to secure above 95 per cent in all subjects. That's gone," he said.

Sharma's not an exception. With the system of awarding marks at the secondary level having turned redundant, Class X students this time are relatively more relaxed. Last year, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) announced that the Class X Boards would be discontinued from 2011.

As for the 2010 batch, students will be awarded grades on a nine-point from A1 to E1 instead of marks. A student scoring an aggregate between 91 to 100 per cent, for instance, will be awarded grade A1 and an aggregate from 81 per cent to 90 per cent will translate into A2.
The competition among students and pressure from parents, as a result has decreased with there being no toppers this year. However, the academically bright lot is still not happy.
The absence of the marks differentiator, in fact, has turned out to be a new reason of worry for them. "The bright students are unhappy as they won't know where they stand. They want to feel challenged, but the system of grades does not offer that," said Jyoti Bose, principal, Springdales School, Pusa Road. "I'm personally not too excited about the new system. Why should I be clubbed with a group when I have clearly done better than the rest," said Lavika Sachdeva, a Class X student of Manav Rachna International School.

CBSE Class XII exams: Chennai Region the Topper

Courtesy: The Hindu

The Chennai region has recorded the highest pass percentage of 92.17 in this year's Class XII examinations conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).

The results for the Allahabad, Delhi, and Guwahati regions were declared on Friday, while the results for the Chennai, Ajmer and Panchkula regions were announced on Wednesday.

A total of 69,25,71 students from these regions appeared for the examinations, which were held between March 3 and April 8 at 2,641 centres.

For the second consecutive year, Chennai emerged the topper with regard to the pass percentage. It also recorded the highest pass percentage for girl students (93.77).

Among the regions, Delhi recorded the second highest pass percentage of 84.97. Ajmer came a close third with 84.67 per cent, followed by Panchkula, Allahabad and Guwahati.

While the Chennai region had 57,177 students, the number was 2,08,594 and 79,821 for Delhi and Ajmer respectively. With regard to the Panchkula, Allahabad and Guwahati regions, 1,14,467; 2,01,945 and 30,567 students appeared respectively.

A total of 1,304 disabled candidates appeared. Of this, the pass percentage is 87.35 per cent.

The overall pass percentage of all the six regions is 79.87. A total of 7,00,983 candidates registered themselves for the examinations from 6,035 schools. The number of those who have passed overall is 5,37,467.

In the general category, 80.21 per cent of candidates passed, down by 1.30 percentage points from last year. The Scheduled Castes category has improved its performance by 0.76 percentage points. The pass percentage is 81.51.

The Schedule Tribes category also improved its performance by a sizeable 15.59 percentage points to achieve a 79.87 pass percentage.

Girls have outdone boys with a pass percentage of 85.28 compared with the pass percentage for boys which is 75.90.

In comparison to 81.95 per cent of regular students that have passed, 41.99 per cent of private students have passed.

The pass percentage of the Kendra Vidyalayas in the six regions dropped by 0.19 percentage points while government schools improved their performance by 1.68 percentage points. The Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas improved their pass percentage by 0.22 percentage points while the pass percentage of private candidates declined by 7.73 points.

The number of students appearing for compartmental examination this year is 74,523. It was 63,644 students last year.

The first set of compartmental examinations will begin on July 17. Schools should send the list of compartmental candidates to the respective regional office by June 23.

Students can also verify their marks within 21 days from the date of declaration of the results. Application forms can be downloaded from the Applications for marks verification can be made to the respective regional offices.

Incomplete CBSE Math-Class XII Paper

An incomplete question of six marks in the CBSE Class XII mathematics paper left examinees baffled on Monday.

There were also complaints against the Higher Secondary nutrition and physics papers.

Teachers of CBSE schools who were on examination duty said a crucial part of a question in Group C, carrying six marks, was missing.

“Students could answer only 94 marks because of the incomplete question, which was a must item. The board should have been more careful,” said a teacher of a CBSE school in south Calcutta.

Though there was no instruction from the Delhi-based authorities, most schools advised the examinees not to waste time on the “incomplete” question.

Malini Bhagat, the principal of Mahadevi Birla Girls’ Higher Secondary School, said: “It seems to be a printing error. We asked the students not to worry as the board would surely do the needful to ensure that the students are compensated.”

Several examinees expressed the fear that the “board’s goof-up” might mar their chances of securing admission in reputable colleges. “The marks in the Class XII exams often form the basis of admission in degree courses. Missing out six marks is not a joke,” said an examinee.

In the Higher Secondary nutrition paper, examinees alleged, a question was wrongly set from the Class XI syllabus.

“Following the bifurcation of the HS course in 2008, questions from Class XI topics are not supposed to be set in the Class XII exams,” said an examinee in a north Calcutta centre.

A section of the students who took the physics test complained that some questions were set following the pattern in the old syllabus.

Onkar Sadhan Adhikari, the president of the West Bengal Council for Higher Secondary Education, said the authorities would discuss the “matter with subject experts”, though he had not received any complaint.

Courtesy:  The Telegraph India

CBSE Set to Launch International Syllabus

Taking the first step towards giving the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) an international character, the HRD ministry has decided that from the next academic session CBSE-affiliated schools abroad will have an international syllabus. 

Even CBSE schools in India will be free to introduce this syllabus. While no change will be brought in the mathematics and science syllabus, language and social science will undergo complete change. The new syllabus is likely to be finalized within a month. 

"The idea is to model CBSE on the lines of International Baccalaureate (IB). There will be stress on activity-based learning," a ministry official said. 

The new international syllabus for class I and IX will be introduced in the next academic session. Then, every year the syllabus for new classes will be introduced. 

There are CBSE-affiliated schools in many West and South Asian countries mostly started by Indians there. It was felt that students in these schools are unable to compete internationally by studying an India-centric syllabus. "Therefore, it was felt that CBSE should become international," the official said. 

Explaining the change, the official said there is no point in only teaching Indian history to CBSE schools abroad. "The emphasis should be on local and world history. Also why should only Indian languages be taught in schools outside India," the official said, adding it would be an altogether separate curriculum. 

However, the existing syllabus will continue in CBSE schools in India. It is expected that slowly even Indian schools will switch over to the international syllabus.

Courtesy: Times of India

Complain if you are upset with CBSE question paper

Schools upset about incorrect or “out-of-course” questions in this year’s Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) public examinations can seek redress by submitting a list of concerns to the board within 24 hours of the examination.

The country’s largest secondary education board has asked all affiliated schools to desist from complaining about question papers to the media and has put in place a formal redress mechanism for the first time.

In a letter to all affiliated schools ahead of the board examinations that started today, the CBSE has promised that an expert panel will examine all concerns sent by schools within 24 hours of the examination.

These complaints, if found justified by the expert panel, will be taken into account while finalising the marking scheme for the subject, the letter by the board’s chief controller of examinations, M.C. Sharma, states.

The question papers for the Class X and XII board exams are finalised after layers of scrutiny.

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