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Revamping India's Education: New Board Exam Reforms



  Aug 29, 2023

Education Revolution: New Board Exam Reforms in India


Board Exams Twice a Year

The Ministry of Education's new National Curriculum Framework (NCF) in India recommends conducting board exams twice a year.
 
Students can take the exams multiple times, with only the best score being retained.
 
The move aims to assess analytical understanding over rote learning and reduce the stress associated with high-stakes single exams.
 

Changes in Language Study

Students in Classes 11 and 12 will study two languages, including an Indian language.
 
Ninth and tenth graders will study three languages instead of two.
 
These changes will take effect from the upcoming academic year.
 

Focus on Critical Thinking

The NCF suggests reducing curriculum content in each subject to prioritize critical thinking and analysis-based learning.
 
The aim is to move away from memorization and focus on deeper understanding and application of knowledge.
 

Flexible Streams and Course Content

The framework eliminates the rigid separation of streams (arts, science, commerce) in Classes 11 and 12.
 
Students will have the freedom to choose flexible and multidisciplinary subjects.
 
The NCF calls for better course content alignment with modern challenges, as seen in the case of descriptive biology.
 

Streamlining Assessment

Board exam test evaluators will need to complete university-certified courses.
 
The number of mandatory subjects will increase to seven for Classes 9-10 and six for Classes 11-12.
 
Students will also study "environmental education" as an interdisciplinary subject.
 

Preparing for the Future

The NCF envisions a single secondary stage structure from grade 9 onwards, providing choice and flexibility to students.
 
The framework's recommendations are in line with the National Education Policy (NEP) and are based on extensive consultations with stakeholders, including students, parents, teachers, and educationists.
 

Aim for Holistic Learning

The NCF aims to create a holistic learning environment, promoting analytical skills, critical thinking, and adaptability among students.
 
The reforms are part of India's education revolution, paving the way for a modern and responsive education system.


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