The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), whose educational process is inclusive of co-scholastic areas of life’s kills, attitude and values, sports and games as well as co-curricular activities, is aiming to strengthen its education system in the area of value education. For the same, the board will be introducing value-based questions in the papers of final examinations in all major subjects for classes XI and XII from the academic session 2012-13. According to Vineet Joshi, chairman, CBSE, the existing educational ecosystem at CBSE needs to be further strengthened to deliver values enshrined in our Constitution.
Ram Shankar, joint director, CBSE says, "The curricula cutting across subjects need to articulate values in explicit terms and the assessment schemes, at the same time, must reciprocate by assigning a weighting to value based items. The board has constantly been working in the area of value education and as a part of it had brought out handbooks on value education for teachers. The teacher's manual on Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) brought out by CBSE in 2009 (revised in 2011) is also based on principles of equality and social justice, appreciation of cultural values , dignity of individuals, inclusion, environmental conservation and protection of heritage and national monuments, etc, interpreted within the Constitution of India."
Karnail Singh, secretary, CBSE says, "The board has decided to follow an interdiscipli-CBSE aims to focus on value education by making students aware of issues like individual dignity, equality and social inclusiveness, among others nary approach in value education where values are blended with the content of all the major subjects in classes XI to XII. The board has also decided to assess students for 5% weighting in major subjects (English, Hindi, mathematics, biology, physics, chemistry, accountancy, history, geography, business studies, entrepreneurship and economics) in classes XI and XII through questions, which will be integrated with the content of the subject and analyzed on the basis of the values it reflects."
The questions will be for five marks in a paper of 100 marks and three to four marks in a question paper of 70-90 marks. This will be effective from the forthcoming final examinations - classes XI and XII - in 2013. "The board exam in 2013 (class XII) will also have such questions. All schools affiliated to CBSE have been requested to make it a part of their assessment in class XI," adds Singh. Sample question papers in all major subjects of classes XI and XII will be uploaded shortly on the academic website ( www.cbseacademic.in) and even circulated in schools.
Courtesy: Times of India