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CBSE to include formulas on question papers to help those bad with rote learning

In order to help those bad with rote learning, the CBSE is introducing a new mechanism in which students will be provided with all the formulas required to answer the questions.

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is introducing a new mechanism to help students who are bad with rote learning during exam hours. According to the Board, starting from 2014, it will be loading question papers with all the formulas required to answer the questions.

The Board says the move will help promote application-based learning of formulas rather than rote learning.

CBSE already introduced OTBA (Open Text Based Assessment), or more commonly referred to as the Open Book Exam for students of Class IX and XI. Taking it a step further, the Board plans to introduce the same for students of Class X and XII from 2014-15.

It has already enacted subject committees, each comprising of around two or three experts in a bid to work on modalities of the question papers for class XI and Class XII. The questions, according to reports, will be application based rather than asking students to demonstrate derivation of formulas.

“Instead the formulas, themselves, will be given on the question papers and all the student must do is identify the right one to solve the problem,” a senior CBSE official stated, Times of India reports.

For commerce and science subjects, formulas will be mentioned on the question papers so as to help students solve numericals.

 The committees are also expected to submit their suggestions by February this year and the Board will duly implement the changes from the next academic session of 2014-15 for classXI and 2015-16 for Class XII.

CCE (Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation program) is currently limited to Class X. The board is planning these reforms to discourage students from rote learning so that they devote more time to applications-based study at senior secondary level,” CBSE chairman Vineet Joshi said.

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