CBSE kids to have say in syl­labus

Hindustan Times (Patna) - - FRONT PAGE - Charu Su­dan Kas­turi

NEW DELHI: Come 2014, a sec­tion of CBSE students may well be fol­low­ing a syl­labus eval­u­ated by their se­niors.

In­dia’s largest school board is hand­pick­ing top­pers in this year’s class 12 board ex­ams to help for­mu­late the cur­ricu­lum for classes 11 and 12 across all sub­jects and streams. Students en­ter­ing class 11 in 2014 will be the first users of this cur­ricu­lum.

“The idea is to get stu­dent feed­back on what they find rel­e­vant and what they find dif­fi­cult,” a se­nior CBSE of­fi­cial said.

The Cen­tral Board of Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion cov­ers over 12,300 schools across

THE CBSE COV­ERS OVER 12,300 SCHOOLS ACROSS IN­DIA AND IN A FEW COUN­TRIES ABROAD

In­dia and in a few coun­tries abroad. This is its lat­est ini­tia­tive over the past three years to re­form a school­ing sys­tem that ed­u­ca­tion­ists have warned could fall be­hind glob­ally-suc­cess­ful prac­tices.

The se­lected students will sit with rep­re­sen­ta­tives — teach­ers and sub­ject ex­perts — of Ken­driya Vidyalayas, other gov­ern­ment schools, pri­vate schools and the Na­tional Coun­cil for Ed­u­ca­tional Re­search and Train­ing (NCERT) on sub­ject­spe­cific com­mit­tees. The CBSE ap­points such com­mit­tees to re­view syl­labi for all sub­jects ev­ery three years. It has never be­fore in­cluded students.

The pan­els de­cide on new ma­te­rial to add and seg­ments to re­move. But the students will also help de­cide whether NCERT text­books are out­dated and need sup­ple­men­tary con­tent till they are re­vised and pub­lished again.

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