Government-published textbooks made mandatory for all CBSE schools from 2017-2018 session | Radice-Edu News

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The decision was made to make the syllabus more uniform and avoid textbooks by private publishers like the one that suggested the cat-killing experiment.

Textbooks published by the National Council of Educational Research and Training have been made mandatory for schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education for the 2017-2018 session. The new session starts in April. The schools have been asked to place orders on the board website between February 15 and February 22, reported The Times of India.

“NCERT will be printing and supplying adequate quantity of NCERT textbooks for all classes from I to XII through its empaneled vendors and distributors,” said a circular issued by the board, according to dna.

The decision was made at a meeting chaired by Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar on Tuesday. The decision has been made to make the syllabus more uniform. This comes only days after it was reported that a textbook taught to Class 4 students in a Delhi school asked students to suffocate a cat to death in order to learn about the difference between living and non-living things. The book in question was published by a private publisher.

This also comes as a huge relief to parents who often complain that private publishers overcharge for textbooks. “Many schools have book kiosks on their premises. As well as selling exorbitantly priced textbooks from private publishers, these shops sell ‘bundle packs’ that include pencils, erasers, and other stationery, which would cost a lot less for parents in the open market.

Source: Scroll.in

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CBSE Board Exams: Improve Concentration With Music | Radice-Edu News

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Do you find it hard to concentrate? Has the impending Board Exam stole your sleep? Well, we have the solution for you. Music, period! You may think it an odd advice but various scientific studies have proved that music helps in improving concentration and helps cognitive function of brain. Music is already used for therapeutic purposes. Music therapy is already quite popular in many countries of the world and is slowly making its way in India. In this article we will guide you about how music can help you relax and improve brain function.

According to a study published in ‘Neuron’, a journal, by Stanford University in August 2007, Music engages with those areas of the brain which are responsible for concentration, prediction, and updating events in the brain. The study was based on brain images of individuals who were made to listen short symphonies by an obscure 18th century composer. The study found that peak brain activity happened during short intervals between musical movements.

The Stanford study is not alone. Relating to Music and cognitive performance, there has been a popular theory ‘the Mozart Effect’ which emphasizes that listening to Mozart makes a person smarter.

While, there are still divided views if music can actually help you improve concentration, it can safely be assumed that slow and instrumental music can help you create an environment of peace which will eventually help you focus on studies.
At the stressful time of board exams, you can use music to help you cut off from the surrounding noisy environment and focus on studies in your own comfort zone. We suggest that instead of listening to popular tracks, stick to slow instrumental music preferably piano and guitar. You can also pick Indian instrumental tracks such as Sarod, Flute, or Indian harp.

Source: NDTV

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Indian School in Oman to stop offering CBSE-i curriculum |Radice-Edu News

x601166-jpg-pagespeed-ic-aeywja9acrIndian schools in Oman have been told to stop offering the Central Board of Secondary Education-i (CBSE-international) curriculum during the 2017-18 school year, which begins in April.

A rough calculation reveals that there are more than 1,000 Indian students following the CBSE-i syllabus in Oman in two private schools and one other school, which is supervised by the Indian school board in Oman.

In a circular distributed by the CBSE in India, those CBSE-affiliated schools located outside India that were authorised to offer the CBSE-i curriculum have now been instructed to discontinue teaching it.

“Consequently, affected students of such schools, on their promotion to next class (after the end of the existing term), would be shifted to the CBSE main curriculum,” the circular said.

Recently, the Oman government also removed CBSE-i from the international syllabus followed in Oman.

This decision has forced two private schools in Oman to drop the syllabus, leaving children in the lurch.

A parent from one of the private schools told to stop following CBSE-i, said that they now face a dilemma.

“There are around 250 children in the school. Now, they are stranded.

“However, with the help of the Indian embassy, we may get admission for our children in one of the Indian schools in the city. They will follow the ordinary CBSE syllabus,” the parent added.

Meanwhile, a parent from another private school, which was also told to stop following CBSE-i, said there are some 600 children affected by this order.

“We are in constant touch with the Indian embassy and Indian school board. We may be able to admit them to one of the Indian schools,” the parent added.

Launched in 2010 as a pilot project, CBSE-i stems from the main CBSE, with an added focus on an “internationally benchmarked curriculum”.

It had espoused dedicated classrooms, syllabus and staff for teaching the course, which is based on the main CBSE curriculum.

Source : Times of Oman

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CBSE to drop its international curriculum

cbse-x-exam_5ba5a3b0-e951-11e6-93cc-bb55973994dbThe Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will discontinue its international curriculum (CBSE-i) from 2017-18, the next academic session. A circular issued by the board on Thursday directed all schools offering the curriculum, initiated as a pilot project in 2010-11, to shift their students to the main curriculum when the current season ends.

This will impact around 50 schools in India and 26 schools in the United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Japan, Malaysia and other Gulf countries that are offering the curriculum. The course was a less expensive and quality-oriented alternative to programmes such as the International Baccalaureate (IB) and International General Certificate of Secondary Education.

CBSE-i was facing problems because of unavailability of quality reading material of global standards, reads a notification issued by MK Srivastava, joint-secretary, academic, research and training, in-charge.

“The matter of continuity of the curriculum was taken up for a detailed discussion in the meeting of the curriculum committee held in December, 2016…and the governing body,” it reads. “It was resolved to have a comprehensive review of the curriculum by a government consultancy organisation.”

According to the notification, CBSE-affiliated schools in India that have an approval for the CBSE-i curriculum and are offering it on campus are directed to discontinue with it from 2017-18. The students who take the course will be shifted to the main curriculum after being promoted to the next class,” it adds.

In Mumbai, the curriculum was offered by RN Podar School, Santacruz, for primary classes. Teachers said that they will move the children back to the main curriculum. “Luckily, we were offering it only in the primary section. So it will not be too hard for students to adjust to the main curriculum,” said Suman Samarth, the headmistress of the school.

Schools not affiliated to CBSE but offering CBSE-i have also been asked to drop it. They can also seek regular CBSE affiliation and offer the main curriculum.

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Source: Hindustan Times

CBSE issues assessment structure for compulsory Class X exam

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Students now studying in Class IX will have to ‘compulsorily’ appear for Class X board exam and will be required to study the entire syllabus, with CBSE issuing a notification in this regard.

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has issued the remodelled assessment structure for the board exams according to which students appearing for the Class X exam next year will have to study for the entire syllabus. They will be required to score 33% in both theory and internal assessment to pass.

In December last year, the CBSE announced its decision to make board exams mandatory, taking away the option of school-based exams.

“Consequent upon the decision, the dual scheme of examination for Class X shall stand discontinued for students from the academic year 2017-18,” said a circular issued by the board on Tuesday.

According to the new structure, the board exams will carry 80 marks and internal assessment 20 marks. In the current format, the weightage is 60:40.

Students will be tested for the complete syllabus in the theory papers. For internal assessment, schools will have to conduct three periodic written tests in each subject, instead of the four formative assessments, and the average of the best two tests would be taken for final marks submission.

In addition to the tests, five marks each will be designated to notebook submission and subject enrichment activities that could include tests like reading and listening, lab activities and practical work, and projects.

The board has included discipline as a grade subject and students will also be marked on attendance, sincerity, behaviour and values along with other co-scholastic subjects like work education, art and health and physical education.

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Source: LiveMint