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CBSE directs schools to implement cross-curricular projects
An online survey of school-based assessment under the scheme of Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has recently indicated that the schools were assigning unnecessarily too many projects in each subject to each student to be done at home. In other words, the schools have failed to understand and implement the scheme of CCE properly and have become unfair to students by increasing the cognitive load on them.

CONSEQUENT TO its finding, the CBSE has directed the schools affiliated to it to follow a 'cross-curricular approach' to project work. According to the CBSE, the artificial subject boundaries impede contextualized learning and deprive students of exploring the interconnectedness and unity of knowledge.

Emphasizing the multidisciplinary projects, CBSE informed the school thus: "Team of teachers may formulate in-school inter-subject projects. Schools are advised to assign a maximum of two comprehensive group projects covering each of the five major subjects, i.e., English / Hindi, Mathematics, Science, Social Sciences," reported The Tribune.

Reacting to the new directive of the CBSE, one head teacher of a Jaipur-based school said that without the proper preparation of teachers in this kind of project work, this reform in evaluation could lead to further distortions in the teaching learning process. She added that the CBSE must pilot and showcase the new scheme in a few schools followed by its institutionalized expansion to all schools through training of teachers and a strong follow-up and support system.

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