CBSE plans to change question paper patterns for Class X and XII Board Exams 2023

CBSE plans major changes in question paper patterns for class X and XII board exams
Students after CBSE 10th Class Science Exam at one of the centres in Sector 11 Panchkula on Wednesday, March 13 2019. Express photo by Jaipal Singh

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), the National Body which controls and maintains higher education in private and public schools, would introduce major changes in the question paper patterns for class X and XII board exams by 2023 to boost critical, creative and analytical thinking among the students. CBSE Secretary Anurag Tripathi said, ‘It is the need of the hour for the country’s future’.

During the School Education Summit organized by the ASSOCHAM (Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India), Secretary Anurag Tripathi said, “While this year students will get 20% objective questions and 10% questions would be based upon creative thinking, by 2023 question papers will be based on creative, innovative and critical thinking.”

He emphasized that Vocational subjects are avoided in India due to lack of employability, poor value, and absence of stability in the market.

“The teachers should be trained for more than six months to become mentors, highly motivated communicators, expressive with good creative thinking and emotional balance,” he further said.

He talked about the New Education Policy (NEP) which the AICTE and CBSE are aiming of bringing in to address the crisis of technical education. He said, “NEP will act as the bridge between Vocational Subjects and other main Subjects. NEP focuses on different aspects like early childhood care, teachers training and promoting vocational education.”

“The students need more flexibility in the circular. There is room for the introduction of the activity-based curriculum and competency-based education needs to be implemented in the school systems,” he said.

“Young students can shape their careers better when they are not loaded with a content-based curriculum. The focus needs to be on activity-based skill formation of students,” he added.


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