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On Open Book Exam, A Clarification From CBSE

Open Book Examination: The CBSE has refuted claims about immediate plans to introduce the OBE in selected schools as part of a pilot run for specific subjects and grade levels.

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On Open Book Exam, A Clarification From CBSE
CBSE plans to experiment with the OBE approach and evaluate its feasibility within the Indian context.
New Delhi:

Amid the buzz over the Open Book Examination (OBE) for students in classes 9-12, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has clarified its intentions to conduct a comprehensive study within its affiliated schools to assess the viability of implementing the OBE within the Indian educational framework.

The move aligns with the recommendations outlined in the National Curriculum Framework for Secondary Education (NCF-SE). Initially, the Board plans to experiment with the OBE approach and subsequently evaluate its feasibility within the Indian context.

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Contrary to media reports, the CBSE has refuted claims about immediate plans to introduce the OBE in selected schools as part of a pilot run for specific subjects and grade levels. Instead, the Board is currently focused on initiating a study to ascertain the feasibility of the initiative.

In an interview with Education Times, Joseph Emmanuel, the Director of Academics at CBSE, clarified the Board's stance on the OBE, stating, "Some media reports have created confusion; the CBSE has decided to undertake a study to understand the feasibility for bringing assessment reforms like the OBE based on recommendations in the NEP-2020 and NCF-SE 2023. The study would be conducted in select CBSE schools as it is important to first experiment, and then examine the viability of the OBE."

Mr Emmanuel further elaborated, "The CBSE has earlier introduced case-based questions in the board exam paper; students can answer the case-based questions only if they have a conceptual understanding."

The Director of Academics at CBSE emphasised the need for CBSE to assess whether embracing the OBE assessment would genuinely benefit students.

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"A country as vast as India, with learners from diverse backgrounds, requires extensive preparation and support before implementing OBE assessments," Mr Emmanuel said.

"CBSE must determine whether adopting the OBE assessment will truly benefit students. Therefore, conducting a study on OBE is imperative," he adds.

The OBE was initially introduced by the CBSE in 2013-14 but was subsequently discontinued due to negative feedback from stakeholders, including students and parents. 

The recent reconsideration of OBE aligns with the directives of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, which emphasises the exploration of various examination methodologies for the betterment of students' learning experiences.

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