CBSE has been making a constant effort to improvise its education system and has been making amendments in its style of functioning to achieve best results. Now, CBSE will be introducing a major change regarding the project work from next academic session. CBSE students will have to complete their project work on the school premises and essentially during school hours.
Board chairman Vineet Joshi told TOI that under Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) scheme students would not be allowed to take or prepare their projects outside the school campus.
It is extremely common for students to complete their projects at home and some even take unfair advantage of this leeway given by schools. Students are known to get their projects prepared by someone else for a fee or copy it from the Internet thus defeating the purpose of CCE.
SS Upadhyay, principal of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Kamptee, said, "This is a good move by the board as students will benefit from completing their work in the presence of their teachers."
This new mandate will be extremely challenging. But some schools feel proper time management will ensure compliance with the board's decision.
Kana Roy Chaudhari, principal of Centre Point (Katol Road) said, "Excellent coordination between teachers and students while giving projects to students will be the key for effective implementation of the decision. It will be class teacher's responsibility to be know what projects are being handled by her students and ensure that they are not overburdened. We have been following the policy of giving just two projects per week and I am convinced it will not affect the schedule at all."
Reena Dargan, principal of Ira International School, recommended formatting of project questions in a specific way to effectively manage the entire work. "We need to guide students about which specific points the evaluators would be looking for. Answers to the questions given for project work should be available in school library. In this way, they would be introduced to topics that they would learn the next year.," said Dargan.
Another teacher from a private CBSE school, on condition of anonymity, said, "While we all bank on time management it actually never happens. A public holiday here, a bus strike there or students falling sick will throw up the best laid plans haywire. "