After the implementation of educational reforms in CBSE schools, all the stalwarts in the field of education got together with principals, teachers and students from across the country for an Interaction Programme on Education Reforms, in Lucknow today.
Hon’ble Minister of State, Human Resource Development, Jitin Prasada visited Lucknow to directly interact with the students, teachers and Principals of CBSE affiliated schools and seek their observations and feedback on Board’s recent educational initiatives including CCE, Grading System, School-Based Assessment, Problem Solving Assessment and other examination reforms.
Present at the interactive session were also Chairman, CBSE, Vineet Joshi, Director (Training and Academics), CBSE Ms. Sadhana Parashar, as well as Senior Advisor, GIZ, Sanjay Srivastav, Deputy Commissioner, Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, Mrs. Santosh Mirdha and Deputy Commissioner Narvodaya Vidyalaya Samiti, A.K. Shukla.
The Central Board of Education has, over the past year, implemented sweeping reforms in curricula and assessment to ensure education that impacts. Despite much uproar after the implementation of CCE, teachers, parents and students have now come to realise the essence of Comprehensive and Continuous Assessment.
The one day event also included special sessions on Formative Assessment, Mentoring and Monitoring, National School Sanitation Initiative, School Quality Assessment and Accreditation followed by an Open House session where the Hon’ble Minister of State, HRD, Chairman, CBSE tackled questions from teachers and principals with great ease.
The programme showcased the one of the greatest benefits of CCE – self realisation of talents amongst students, resulting in increasing zeal to balance co-curricula and curricula activities. At the same time, initiatives like the National School Sanitation Programme by the CBSE, aided by GIZ, seek to affect student behaviour, creating a positive ripple effect in society.
Vineet Joshi was overwhelmed by the positive response received by CCE, Waves of Change and other reforms to update education in India. He stated, “CCE takes the student away from rote learning and ensures percolation of knowledge, knowledge they will retain for life.”
Jitin Prasada, after launching a textbook on Entrepreneurship, a new subject introduced in standard 11 from the next academic session onwards, said, “CCE helps in improving a student’s performance by identifying his/her learning difficulties at regular time intervals right from the beginning of the academic session and employing suitable remedial measures for enhancing their learning performance. The scheme of continuous and comprehensive evaluation has inbuilt flexibility for schools to plan their own academic schedules as per specified guidelines on CCE.”
Questions and discussions circled around topics like Gender Sensitisation, the benefits of CCE, Teacher Training, introduction of a plethora of subjects, importance of Sanitation in schools esp. for girls etc. The panel of experts on Education welcomed the questions and suggestions brought forward by the audience. The panel reiterated the need to ensure seepage of education down to the grass root level.
The Board has promised to have many more similar interactive sessions across States.
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