It is a tried and tested fact that success is the sum total of small efforts, repeated day in and day out. The whooping success saga of CCE pattern of CBSE, leading to better Classes X and XII results every year, has more to it than what just meets the eye. Not only has all-India topper in Science stream Sarthak Agarwal scored 99.6 per cent with full marks in Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry and Economics, even Commerce topper
G Harishankaran scored 99.2 per cent. In Delhi itself, as many as 2,423 students got above 95 per cent, a
60 per cent increase from last year. Even government schools gave an exemplary performance, with Surbhi Sharma acing the Humanities stream with 96.4 per cent. Discussions in terms of first divisions or distinctions are no longer in practice.
As the schools pat their backs for sustainable growth in academic delivery, the teachers for better class room strategy, the students for “smart study” and the proud parents for being the “involved ones”, the real question is: What next? Is the wait for “acing it at the Boards” finally over? Have the students become too clever, techniques to marshall the concepts too evident or the marking schemes in Board papers too student friendly? To a certain extent, it might be so and there is no harm in recognising the potential per se.
According to the Ministry of Labour and Employment (source www.tradingeconomics.com), the unemployment rate in India fell to 3.8 per cent in 2011 from 9.4 per cent in 2010. Educational reforms have certainly helped the employability prospects for prospective citizens. As CBSE allows unconventional subject combinations, career prospects for students after school have certainly improved. While Economics is a favourite elective for Science students in Classes XI and XII, Entrepreneurship for Commerce and Legal Studies for Humanities students, respectively. Introducing Theatre Studies to the batch of 2013-14 students, Mr Vineet Joshi, chairman, CBSE, said, “It concretises issues that would otherwise remain abstract and difficult for the child to grasp. It puts life back into bookish learning.”
Amongst other subjects, NCC, Human Rights and an inimitable knowledge, traditions and practices of India are also being made available to senior secondary students. Not only this, series of new practices integrated with the curriculum, like Problem Solving Assessment (PSA), Open text based assessment (OTBA), Assessment of Speaking & Listening (ASL) , apart from value-based questions being introduced in