The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) recently introduced the Open Text-Based Assessment (OTBA) for classes IX and XI. The examinations will be held in February and March for the current session.
Though the CBSE has issued text material for the examination, the regional CBSE office awaits proper instructions from the academics department of CBSE head office in Delhi.
With only the list of topics available, schools in the city have started gearing themselves to prepare students for the exam. Teachers of a public school at Rambagh Circle said that printouts of topics for various subjects issued by the CBSE have already been provided to the students.
“We have started giving students the topics. The topics are also being discussed in class so that the students can promptly reply to the questions asked,” said Dr Sanjay Parashar of Subodh Public School.
The Uttarakhand tragedy, child labour and unequal child sex ratio are a few topics that are a part of the open book exam pattern.
“Uttarakhand tragedy has been listed under a science topic - environment development lessons from hills,” said a senior teacher of a private school.
Apart from this, the text material also includes topics like medical tourism in India, second green revolution, Incredible India etc for class XI under geography, economics and biology subjects.
While class XI will be evaluated on these three topics, class IX students have English, Hindi, mathematics, science and social science subjects to prepare for.
These topics will test the students’ knowledge about various relevant current issues.