January 7, 2013, 12:00 am
CBSE Chairman Vineet Joshi has decided to go soft on schools this year. Many things can be change in the upcoming months. The annual letter of chairman Vineet Joshi is a much awaited letter for all schools, as it lays out the course CBSE will have to follow in the coming year.
CBSE affiliated schools can heave a sigh of relief because chairman’s letter hints that they won’t be immerse with new policies and projects. The chairman writes to schools that he "looks forward to complete the unfinished tasks and divert the momentum towards the completion of ongoing projects".
The unfinished tasks that Joshi mentions are with no doubt about his successful Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) scheme. While the CCE has been implemented across the country, changes are being made to it based on the feedback from schools, students and parents. Joshi writes that the teacher’s manual on CCE for std VIII-X is being revised and the updated version will be available soon. Also, a similar manual for teachers teaching from std I - V is on the drawing board.
There will also be renewed focus on CBSE’s theory of ’radical efficiency’. This is a process of helping schools derive maximum outcome using fewer resources, and ’radical efficiency’ urges schools to look at things from a new perspective and find solutions.
The board has also been trying to look at implementing online laboratories so that students can conduct experiments safely. A private university’s research centre has already developed a software that enables students to conduct advanced experiments in chemistry, biology and physics on a computer.
Apart from academics, Joshi has also asked schools to be in control of their environment. Joshi writes that "schools are again advised to comply with bus security norms, safety norms within the school, including bullying and child abuse, as the latter often goes unreported".