A proposal for open-book exams policy in CBSE Schools
The Central Board of Secondary Education is planning to start open-book board exams for Classes X and XII from 2013.
Students will not be allowed to take books to the exam hall but the board will inform the students in advance about the specific paragraph from where a question may be set.
The system, used in countries such as the US, UK and Canada, follows an analytical question pattern that assesses students’ understanding of a subject than their memory. Candidates are allowed to take textbooks into exam halls but such questions are set to which direct answers will not be found in them.
If the open-book policy is implemented in India, you may not need to memorise such formulae for exams.
The CBSE had set up an exam reforms committee under Vineet Joshi to suggest changes that would discourage memorising and reproduction of texts in exams. The panel suggested that situation-based questions could be set that would make students think, analyse and apply their knowledge to arrive at an answer.
While most of them termed the proposed exam pattern as a ‘welcome change’,a few academicians want it—which has the potential to rewire the ineffectual educational system—to be implemented from Class 1.
“This is a sound exam system…. But to have such a system, students and teachers need to be prepared. The teaching/learning system must be in tune with the proposed exam system,” Vinod Raina said.
“If the question pattern is changed without adequate preparation and proper sensitisation, there will be a huge problem.”