CBSE takes holistic route to teaching
Introduces several extra-curricular activities, competitions for students
Eileen Singh CHANDIGARH: To nurture students in a holistic manner, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has introduced several extra-curricular activities, which will help broaden their areas of experience.
Some of these activities are: logo designing competitions for Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan, international postage stamp design contests, heritagebased quizzes, art shows and photography contests.
The board is also organising several exchange programmes for students such as Japan-East Asia Network of exchange and other youth programmes.
The board has also launched several courses to sensitise students on various topics like sanitation, wastage of food and environmental issues.
We have introduced a diverse range of topics and competitions because we want all-round development of the
child. RJ KHANDERAO regional officer, CBSE
“We have introduced these diverse range of topics and competitions because we want allround development of the child. Gone are the days when only bookworms were considered to be the intelligent ones, and those who were good in sports were dismissed as wasters.”
“The scenario has changed totally now. A child needs to grow in every way and that is where we need to introduce the holistic approach,” said RJ Khanderao, regional officer of the CBSE. Khanderao emphasised on introducing competitions and activities, which help the student learn to respect different life forms.
“Such themes are best introduced and promoted through classroom interactions and cocurricular activities. These may include collaborative activities like bringing out newsletters, organising slogan drives, landscaping, exchanging and nurturing plants etc. The themes like energy conservation and environment protection sensitise students to the issues that matter. Holding contests on such topics promotes originality among students, and provides them platforms for creative expression,” he said.
Not just the board, even parents are keen on seeing their wards grow into a complete human being. Meenu Sharma, the mother of a Class 7 boy, said, “The board has introduced various national and international level programmes, which are bringing out the hitherto hidden talents in my son. He has now taken up photography. I see him clicking some really good pictures even with our normal digital camera.”
Priyanka Mehta, the mother of a Class 8 student, said, “I see my daughter keenly waiting for SPIC MACAY performances. She is interested in dance and drama as well.”
Priyanshu Kapoor, a Class 10 student, said, “It is good that we are being judged on a larger front, not just our studies. We are being made to do so much more and we are also getting a lot of national and international exposure. We are no longer pressurised to concentrate on one thing only. We now have an opportunity to excel in our areas of interest.”