A day after the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) released a statement saying that the syllabus for the academic year 2021-22 will be divided into two terms, schools affiliated with the board have welcomed this move. The schools said that with no sign of normal classes resuming any time this year due to the pandemic, they can continue virtual classes and focus on internal assessment through online mode.
The board said that the two terms will be divided following a systematic approach by looking into interconnectivity of concepts and topics. The board will conduct the exams at the end of each term on the basis of the bifurcated syllabus.
As per the new pattern, CBSE Class X and XII board exams for the new batch will be held in two terms with 50% syllabus in each term.
The principal of a CBSE school in South Mumbai said, “Conducting board exams in two parts will provide additional opportunity to students to improve their score. Also, it will reduce the load of studying the entire syllabus and appearing for just one exam. Now, students will be able to understand concepts better, divide lessons and focus on individual subjects.”
Besides, the board said efforts will be taken to make internal assessments, practical exams and project work more credible and valid.
Hemant Pandey, a CBSE teacher, said, “Focus on internal assessments and project work will help students to gain practical knowledge. Considering the current situation, regular classes may take some more time to resume. So students need to focus on practical assignments and project work through the virtual mode.”