April 22, 2013, 12:00 am
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)’s decision to introduce the open book examination system from the coming academic year has delighted some students. The Central Board has said that from the coming academic year students will be given case studies a few months before the examination and questions will be asked based on these case studies. Students feel that this will help them think out of the box. R Saradha, a class 9 student of a school on Avinashi Road says this would improve their thinking skills.
Most parents express similar sentiments. S Dharmaraj, whose daughter studies in Class 11 in a school says "Usually students are asked to memorize concepts regardless of whether they understand them or not. This method of testing will force them to understand concepts." There are a few who are sceptical. Geetha Laxman, the principal of the National Model CBSE School says that the initial information given by the CBSE does not imply the use of books during examination.