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CBSE directs affiliated schools to adhere to NCF-2005 and go for 'experiential learning'
The CBSE has informed the affiliated schools about the 'Secondary and Senior Secondary School Curriculum for academic session 2019-20'. Their recent circular reminds the institutional heads thus: "The curriculum provided by CBSE seeks to provide opportunities for students to achieve excellence in learning is based on National Curriculum Framework-2005 and adopted/ adapted from the NCERT Curriculum."

"It is important that schools ensure curriculum transaction as per directions given in the Curriculum document. The subjects to be taught must be as per syllabi given. Before going through the syllabus, the teachers must be well-versed with the strategies given in the initial pages of the curriculum. Therefore, it is desired that the head of the school may circulate the initial pages of the curriculum and the syllabi to all the teachers and ensure that curriculum is transacted as per the directions given therewith for optimal learning and specifically to avoid difficulties for students at the time of the examinations."

Warning the school-heads and management - the circular, while mis-spelling 'reiterated' as 'retreated' - states, "It is retreated that any deviation in transaction of the curriculum may seriously affect holistic assessment of students and their preparation for the Board examinations. Hence, all the teachers and students are cognizant of the Curriculum Document (Initial Pages and Syllabus) in totality, which is available on www.cbseacademic.nic.in under the link - curriculum."

Meanwhile, the CBSE has decided to have a yearly punch line for its work as reported in the press. The CBSE has advised the students (as if they were the culprits) saying, "Students should learn from what the study and use it. It should not be rote learning from them, which they learn for exams, and then forget."

On the other hand, the said circular advises the teachers thus: "Teachers may also be advised to refer the Sample Question Papers published by the Board for preparing students for Board's Examination as and when they are made available on CBSE Website."

"Will such circulars bring about changes in understanding the curriculum and its transaction through 'experiential learning' as being touted. The parents are already struggling with the CBSE-affiliated schools to stop prescribing and selling private publishers' fat and expensive textbooks and have complained to the CBSE about it, but to no avail. The whole educational reform has been in the form of passing the buck between the CBSE, parents, schools and students. I suspect that nothing is going come out of such circulars whose language remains bureaucratic with change of some words year after year," said a retired teacher in Jaipur.

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