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Cryptic crossword contest: Desirability of CBSE's way of enhancing students' mental level
With the purported purpose of enhancing mental levels of the students of its affiliated schools, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is going to organise a CBSE Cryptic Crossword Contest (CCCC- 2015) this year in a tournament style with cash prizes, trophies and citations for students of secondary and senior secondary classes.

"Crossword puzzles help students improve their vocabulary, reasoning, lateral thinking and analytical abilities. Deciphering solutions from the given clues help young minds develop other cognitive skills, like making inferences, evaluating alternatives and drawing conclusion. Learning becomes so much more enjoyable as different mental faculties are challenged. Most importantly, solving a crossword puzzle results in a sense of personal achievement, which is so vital for personality development. Crossword is also an interesting and effective educational tool, for students and teachers alike," claims the circular sent to the affiliated schools urging them two send two students for the city level contests.

According to Dr. Anita Srivastava, a Jaipur-based retired professor of psychology, crossword puzzles when integrated into learning process of the prescribed content with practice in creating and solving them for two to three years are able to build useful active vocabulary on the whole, but never through contests in which selected few participate driven through rewards and cash prizes.

"Even otherwise, cognitive development of school students should be done through content based lessons transacted through whole brain model of classroom instruction in social settings since learning is social process. The contests externalize learning motivation and make learning an islolating process demotivating a large majority of students. The claims being made by the CBSE are the research evidences under the controlled conditions when word puzzles were made the part of teaching-learning process with practice till internalized," she said emphatically while condemning competitions and contests as the elements which shake the sociological foundation of education.

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