CBSE recently conducted an orientation programme for science teachers from the state

As per the new curriculum, practical marks have been increased to 40 out of 100. This will ensure that students attend practical classes, which is necessary to answer these questions Science is an ever-evolving subject, where practicals are as important as knowing its theories. But as students, how often have we taken our science practical classes seriously? Central Board of Secondary Education, Delhi (CBSE) is finding ways to emphasise on the need to take practical skills more seriously amongst not just the school students, but also teachers. And this is why it organised a two-day orientation programme for secondary stage science teachers from different parts of the state at Meridian School, Banjara Hills recently. R.P. Sharma, Education officer (Science) from Delhi flew down to brief the teachers on the new National Curriculum framework 2005, which will be applicable from March 2007 examination, and its implications in bringing about the desired change. "As per the new curriculum, practical marks have been increased to 40 out of 100. Twenty out of that will be in the form of multiple choice, practical skill-based question paper, which needs to be answered along with the theory paper. This will ensure that students attend practical classes, which is necessary to answer these questions. Such an effort is being taken for the first time," explained Sharma. The programme was aimed at helping the teachers get acclimatised with the new syllabus, with special emphasis on development and assessment of practical skills. Over 120 teachers were divided into different groups of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, wherein they were further sub-divided into smaller groups. The first day saw the participants being given a basic outline of the entire curriculum, followed by some actual practical experiments in the laboratory. The second day was dedicated towards giving the teachers hands-on experience on making practical question papers, which included presentation, discussion, consolidation and feedback. Sharma was joined by two resource persons from Chennai, Vijaylakshmi Srivatsan and Margaret David Raj, for conducting the programme, which is a part of such efforts across the country. MANGALA RAMAMOORTHY

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