Revamping Education: Biannual Board Exams and Dual Language Learning Introduced in New Curriculum Framework

Revamping Education: Biannual Board Exams and Dual Language Learning Introduced in New Curriculum Framework

According to the new curriculum framework introduced by the Ministry of Education, board examinations will now be held twice a year, offering students the option to maintain their best scores. Additionally, students in classes 11 and 12 will study two languages instead of one, in alignment with the National Education Policy (NEP) guidelines. Ministry officials have reported that the curriculum is ready and textbooks will be developed based on it for the academic session of 2024. Under this framework, board exams will assess students’ understanding and proficiency levels rather than relying on months of coaching and rote memorization.

The National Curriculum Framework document states that to make the preparation for the existing challenging board exams more manageable, emphasis will be placed on understanding and mastery of concepts rather than extensive coaching and memorization. To provide students with adequate time and opportunities to perform well, board exams will be conducted at least twice a year. Students can choose to appear for exams in subjects they have completed and feel adequately prepared for, granting them the option to maintain their best scores.

The new curriculum framework also aims to make subjects more inclusive by offering a flexible choice of subjects in arts, science, and commerce streams for classes 11 and 12. The document mentions, “Over time, school boards will have to develop the capacity to offer on-demand examinations at an appropriate time. Besides board exams, examination developers and assessors will need to pass through university-certified courses before they do this work. The existing practice of covering textbooks in class will be avoided under the new framework, with an emphasis on cost-effective textbooks.”

Speaking at a joint workshop of the National Inspection and NSTSE Committees, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan mentioned, “Under the guidance of Kasturirangan, the Steering Committee has prepared a curriculum for the new National Education Policy. It has been handed over to the government. The government has given it to NCERT. NCERT has formed two committees, National Inspection Committee and National Curriculum and Textbook Committee (NSTSE). We hope that both these committees will prepare a curriculum based on the needs of the 21st century and rooted in the original Indian thought. We wish them to prepare teaching and teaching material for classes 03 to 12 for the future. The first orientation meeting was held today. We are confident that at a time when the world has great expectations from India, when the Prime Minister has shown the dream of the Amrit era to the nation, in such times, new textbooks will fulfill those needs.”

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