In order to promote innovative methods in resolving the local challenges in education, the Central Board of Secondary Education has invited examples and narratives of best practices in a contest.
As per this contest called “best practices to upgrade the quality of secondary education”, best practices are those innovations and innovative practices that have enabled students, teachers and schools to address any pressing issue or challenge. These could be indigenous or frugal and homespun solutions involving at times the use of lateral thinking.
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The objective of the contest is to compile the best practices and to promote the use of out-of-the-box ideas for the upgradation of secondary education. Entries from each of the affiliated schools will be examined by a committee set up by the board chairperson and three best entries will be selected. Three board-level awards will be given: first prize (Rs 10,000), second prize (Rs 7,000) and third prize (Rs 5,000). The board-level awardees will be eligible for the contest at the next level.
The contest has invited students and teachers of classes XI and XII to submit their opinions and ideas to upgrade the quality of education. Kavita Das, principal of St John’s School, Sector 26, said, “I personally believe that all the schools should adopt value-based education. Creative teachers should be recruited who could communicate their point through innovative methods instead of black boards, and teachers should adopt a fair approach to their students to make them respond.”
Anjana Ramachandran, vice-principal of Gurukul Global School, Manimajra, said, “The idea of this contest should inculcate co-curricular activities in secondary education as well. Teachers have been trained to focus on co-scholastic activities upto class X but at the secondary level, students are confined to studies; there is a very less participation in games, debates or any competitions. The extra-curricular activities can help a lot in upgradation of secondary education.”
A class XII student, Vishakha Puri, said, “In class XI and class XII, there are certain irrelevant projects which are being imposed on us. We usually end up doing a copy-paste job while working on assignments. Teachers mark us as well and there are no objections at all. There should be something practical in which we could actively participate and learning methodology could be enhanced.”
“To gain maximum marks in exams, we keep struggling to find out what all we should we writing. It becomes a difficult job,” she added.
As per the circular, selection of entries for the first, second and third positions will be done on the basis of genuineness and relevance of issue/ problem to the quality of learning; innovativeness and uniqueness of the best practices; usefulness of the best practices in realising the desired outcome as an evidence and, lastly, the potential for adaptability of the best practice. The entire project will be worth 20 marks.
AREAS ON WHICH ENTRIES ON BEST PRACTICES ARE INVITED
1. Management and conduct of public examination including its reliability, any examination reform or the use of technology to maintain students’ record related to the board examination or measures to control and prevent malpractices during examinations
2. Assessment of students in the co-scholastic/co-curricular area under the CCE system
3. Integration of vocational skills with the secondary education curriculum
4. Life skills development
5. Value inculcation
6. Involvement of corporate and industrial houses/national/international agencies/organisations to upgrade infrastructure
6. Innovative practice to upgrade quality of infrastructure, including toilets and drinking water facility
7. Community participation to address issues like the dearth of qualified teachers
7. Use of IT/digital technology to upgrade the quality of learning