The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) issued a number of notifications throughout 2019. The circulars related to change in exam pattern, low attendance rate, fitness week and so on were released on the official website of CBSE, cbse.nic.in.
Here's a quick flash back to various circulars released by CBSE.
1. CBSE changes paper pattern
It is the need of the hour keeping in mind country's future, CBSE Secretary Anurag Tripathi said at the school education summit organised by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM).
He said, "While this year students of Class X will get 20% objective questions and 10% questions would be based on creative thinking, by 2023 question papers for classes X and XII will be based on creative, innovative and critical thinking."
" Vocational subjects do not find many takers in India due to factors like lack of employability, poor value and absence of stability in the market," he added.
He suggested that schools must devote more time to teachers who need to be trained rigorously and be groomed for three to six months to become mentors, highly motivated communicator, expressive, have critical thinking and emotional balance.
2. CBSE's teacher training initiatives
CBSE has taken several measures to address issues concerning the quality of education in its affiliated schools.
The Board organizes trainings of teachers through its regional training centres in various subjects and other core skills related to school education, the CBSE statement said.
The Board also keeps collaborating with institutes such as Indian Institute of Management, Indian Institute of Technology and other similar institutes to organize professional development programmes for its principals and teachers, it said.
3. CBSE observed Fitness Week in November as part of Fit India Movement
In an attempt to promote fitness among school children, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) observed Fitness Week in the second and third week of November as a part of Fit India Movement. The prime objective of the initiative was to bring about a behavioural change in school children from spending "Passive Screen Time" to "Active Field Time".
As many as 22,000 CBSE schools from all over the country participated in this first-of-its-kind endeavour.
Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju expressed his happiness over CBSE's move and said Fit India Movement is the need of the hour.
4. CBSE asked schools to collect fees as per revised norms
The board notified the changes in the fees last week and has asked the schools who had already begun the registration process and charged students as per the old fee structure, to now collect the difference in amount.
The Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe students will have to pay Rs 1,200 for five subjects, while earlier they were supposed to pay Rs 50 for the same, a hike of 24 times.
While, The general category students who were paying Rs 750 earlier, will now pay Rs 1,500 for five subjects.
For appearing for an additional subject in Class 12 board examination, the SC and ST students who were earlier not supposed to pay any extra fee will now have to pay Rs 300. General category students will also have to pay Rs 300 for an additional subject, instead of Rs 150 earlier.
Here are the new rules for CBSE Registration:
1. In 2020, the CBSE board exams for classes 10 and 12 will be conducted via 16 regional offices of CBSE which have send the new school codes to all schools. Henceforth, schools will need to use these codes for communication with CBSE.
2. All CBSE schools will need to register themselves before online registration submissions. Schools need to use their 'Affiliation Number' as the user ID. Schools can get the password from the concerned regional office, after which they should change the password and protect it.
3. Schools need to ensure they are following the CBSE rules in terms of candidate registration, classroom availability, and the number of teachers. The teacher-student ration should be 1:30 and the number of class sections cannot exceed the number permitted by CBSE.
4. Class 9 and class 11 examinations have to be conducted internally by the schools.
5. Schools can complete the registration process by individual entry or by uploading a filled-in Excel file provided by the online registration system.
6. Schools should send the signed copy of finalized data of Registration of class IX/XI to the concerned regional office only and not to CBSE, Preet Vihar, Delhi.
7. In case of any difficulty during registration or payment refund issues, schools should contact their concerned regional office of CBSE.
8. Only those students whose names are submitted through the online registration process will be allowed to appear for the February-April 2021 board examinations for classes 10 and 12.
9. CBSE schools have to update student data on OASIS before registration.
5. CBSE prepares Standard Operating Procedures for students with low attendance:
The Central Board of Secodary Education (CBSE) has taken several important steps to ensure the importance of the classes and the attendance among the students and parents. The board has prepared Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for dealing with students having attendance less than the prescribed percentage of attendance for the information and compliance by schools, students and parents.
Apart from this, CBSE has requested schools to communicate information and rule position to students and parents
CBSE has asked schools to take following measures:
Inform the importance of attendance and classes etc to the students and their parents in the beginning of session
Sensitize the students and parents about the relevant rules and about the attendance requirement during the academic session
Inform the students and parents the grounds on which shortage of attendance could be condoned
Inform the students and parents to submit medical certificate(s) from the competent authority/leave application supporting the reason for availing/taking leave as and when leave is availed
Warn the students and parents if they are not attending the classes regularly and maintain the records of such students
School will inform the parents about shortage of attendance
Schools will recommend the cases as per examination laws only
Attendance will be calculated as on January 1 of the academic session.
Shortage of attendance cases received in the concerned regional office up to January 7 of the academic session of classes 10 and 12 will only be considered by the board.
No case will be accepted after January 7 of the academic session of class 10 or 12
Cases without mandatory documents will be summarily rejected
6. CBSE asks all schools to introduce anger-free zone for teachers, parents
The CBSE has asked all schools affiliated to it to become anger-free zones where everyone - teachers, parents and administration staff - will try to manage their anger to set an example for children and teach them the value of freedom from anger.
The board says that this will help students become mentally active and emotionally healthy and they would go back home charged and happy, and would also want to return the next day.
"In the anger-free zone, everyone will try to manage his or her anger, whether it is the school educators, parents, school personnel or other stakeholders. The best way to teach children the value of 'freedom from anger' is by setting examples ourselves," CBSE Secretary Anurag Tripathi said in a communication sent to schools.
About Central Board of Secondary Education:
Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) was founded on November 3, 1962. It's headquartered at Preet Vihar, New Delhi. Its primary function includes preparing academic programmes and organising examinations, especially for Class 10 and Class 12 students.
Source : https://www.indiatoday.in/education-today/featurephilia/story/cbse-2019-take-a-look-at-list-of-important-circulars-1632602-2019-12-30
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