CBSE chairman Vineet Joshi has said that materials for the open text-based assessment (OTBA) introduced by CBSE in Class IX and XI will be made available to schools very shortly.

On the sidelines of a function organised by the Kerala CBSE School Managements Association here on Tuesday, Mr. Joshi said it would be published in the CBSE website in two weeks. Sample questions based on open text will also be made available.

CBSE introduced the OTBA for the summative assessment II of Class IX and final exam of Class XI from this academic year. That a child should be able to learn in a stress-free atmosphere continued to be the basic philosophy behind all reforms introduced by the CBSE, Mr. Joshi said.

“The open text could be in the form of a newspaper report or a case study based on which there will be certain questions, solutions to which will be application-oriented. The idea is not to overload students with memorization but to encourage them to think different,” Mr. Joshi said.

Mr. Joshi said that the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) introduced by CBSE has been a great success going by the results of the first batch of Class XII students who passed out under this evaluation system earlier this year. A lot needs to be done to equip them, especially in the case of projects. Projects are supposed to be done in classrooms and not at home.

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