The governing authority of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has announced sweeping changes across the board with regards to its moderation. Some of the rules are hard to follow and it has caused confusion among parents and students alike. If you are having trouble keeping up, don’t worry. Let’s Practise has got you covered.

Mandatory Board Exam

The first major change that the CBSE has made is turning the 10th Board Exams from an optional test into a compulsory affair. Recently, the CBSE Governing Body has made Class X Board Exams mandatory from 2018.

Back in 2011, CBSE did away with the policy, but now they have brought it back. It will no longer be up to the students if they want to take the exams.

According to the announcement made by the governing body, the exams would have a weightage of 80% with the remaining 20% for internal assessments. HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar is in favour of this exam reform.  

The move has been met with mixed reactions from the student and parent community. Some feel that it will put additional pressure on the students. Public exams also give the semblance that all schools have the same facilities and quality staff, when we all know that is false.

On the other hand, teachers state that students didn’t even need to study much until 8th standard under the old rules. They say that some of the students just joined into 11th standard with barely any prior knowledge. This new rule hopes to fix that problem and to make sure children learn and study from the time they start 6th standard.

Two-Semester System

CBSE has created and will soon implement a two-semester system where schools will have two semesters from class VI onwards.

The new rule, which will take effect from this year (2017 – 2018), will be a uniform assessment scheme with half-yearly and annual exams. In addition to the exams, the schools will conduct two periodic tests of 10 marks each during every semester. In this instance, the half-yearly and annual exams will account for 80 marks.

Previously, schools were following the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) since 2009. Schools had two summative assessments (SA) at the end of the term and four formative assessments (FA), with two in each term. 40% of the FA was from continuous evaluation throughout the school year.   

The annual exam for 6th will have 10% of the first semester. For class seven, the amount is raised to 20%. There will also be grades for attendance, participation, teamwork, output, and PE.

Over 18,000 CBSE schools exist across the nation. With this new regulation, CBSE wishes to standardise all the schools so students will have an easier time if they switch from one school to another. Since report cards differed across schools, the students found it difficult to gain admission. Now CBSE is hoping to fix all of these problems.

The CBSE also made this rule to prepare the students for the Board Exams from the time they enter middle school. This was CBSE’s attempt at reorganising the assessment system, examination pattern, and report cards.

Three Language Formula

CBSE has introduced a three language formula, where students have to study at least two Indian languages along with the rest of their subjects. Before we go into further detail, let’s explain what languages schools offer under the CBSE syllabus. CBSE classifies its languages into three categories: Modern Indian, Classical Indian, and Foreign.

The modern Indian languages include Hindi, Urdu, Gujarati, Kashmiri, Bengali, Marathi, Assamese, Punjabi, and a few others.

Classical Indian languages include Sanskrit, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, and Oriya / Odia.

German, Spanish, Arabic, Persian, French, Portuguese, and Russian, are the foreign languages.

The board has made Hindi compulsory for everyone. This means that the three languages the student will learn are English, Hindi, and another Indian language, presumably the local one. In places where Hindi is commonly spoken, such as the north, the student may opt for Sanskrit.

Note that this will only apply from the 2020 school year onwards. This means that if your child is studying in 7th standard currently, you have nothing to worry about. Anything lower and these changes are applicable for you.

Also, this will mainly affect students studying a foreign language. Under this system, foreign languages like French and German would be an optional 4th language and count as an elective. The mediums of instruction are either Hindi or English, and students must take both of these languages by default. They can learn the foreign language vocationally, but this will not influence their marks.  

All the three languages would count as a subject and students would get tested on them during the Class X Board Exams.

If your child is in a place where Hindi isn’t the main language, they should probably take Hindi and their regional language (mother-tongue), along with first language English as their three language classes. Either way, Hindi and English are compulsory classes.

The formula was actually proposed back in 1968, with iterations in 1986 and 2005. Despite that, is only now that CBSE is taking efforts to implement it.

Schools were meant to follow this up to class VIII with the third language being discontinued after that, but now it has been extended to class X, and students must write a paper on their third language in their Board Exams. Thus, they must take six exams rather than five.

This rule has been met with a lot of opposition. Opponents argue that this rule would place a heavy burden on the students by making them study four languages. It also imposes two Indian languages on the student. Also, the reintroduction of this rule may mean that foreign languages get wiped out from the curriculum.   

Let’s Practise Can Keep You Up-to-Date

So, now you know the alterations that CBSE plans to make to its system over the next couple of years. The current three major rule-changes are intertwined, and some of these rules may affect your child more than others.

Let’s Practise can help your student stay updated with what’s going on with regards to their school. We are a group of parents and teachers dedicated to helping your child succeed, not just at school, but at life. Being parents ourselves, we know that teaching begins at home. We excel in making students from 3rd to 9th standard excel. Be sure to contact us. You can send us an email, call us, or better yet, select the best time for us to call you.

Our emotions can have great impact on our behaviour and life skills. Emotional imbalance not only affects adults but also kids. Their academics and overall development can be harmed. Should emotions be taught in schools?

“Nobody ever taught me to manage my emotions, I have learnt it myself, then why not my child?

Does this question arise in your mind?

Parents – you will agree that the scenario of your childhood days and that of your child is completely different. Today’s competitive lifestyle and the influence of technology has increased the threat for children. Unlike earlier, children tend to spend their maximum free time on electronic gadgets or PlayStation and rarely interact with others. The way they socialize, study, play, etc. only reduces the chances of developing social-emotional skills.

Facing the outside world won’t be easy for your child where they must deal with stressful situations. Academic pressure, peer pressure, homework stress, etc. will make him anxious. This situation may lead to unanswered questions that will only complicate the situation. Lack of emotional skills can also develop the feeling of inferiority in him.

“Building emotional awareness, self-control and relationship skills are master skills, when we nurture them, children do better in all areas of their daily lives, including school.” – Mark Greenberg, PhD, director of the Prevention Research Center at Pennsylvania State University.

Lets Pratise Experts recommend that schools should include social-emotional training in the academics, which in turn will help students regulate their emotions. Schools should introduce Social-emotional Learning program that teaches students the following:

Self awareness

Self awareness is knowing yourself completely and this includes your likes, dislikes, behaviours, emotions, etc. Students who are aware of themselves can understand others and socialize better. Children should be taught to analyze their feelings. Meditation and talking about their emotions are great ways to develop self awareness among children.

Self management – Controlling anger and frustration

Once students learn to identify their emotions, the next step is managing them. Self-management is essential for kids to lead a healthy lifestyle and children are usually sensitive and get affected by minor issues. Teachers and parents should help the child in dealing with emotions like anger, frustration, anxiety and fear.

Taking responsibility

Parents and teachers should encourage children to take responsibility for their actions and this also includes accepting your mistakes. Teach children be responsible and ask them to avoid blaming others for their behavior and this will make them turn into a  honest and more responsible individual.  

Managing stress

If a child is stressed, then the parents and teacher should help him overcome the stress. A student may have stress in many forms – homework stress, exam stress, family feud, quarrel with friends, etc. Children should be taught to solve these problem, to relax themselves or share their problems with the one they trust.

Instead of teaching children to suppress their emotions, we should teach them to talk it out and understand them. A child who receives great social-emotional skills training will turn out to be a successful adult with a wonderful personal and professional life.

Experts at Let’s Practise support the idea of including social emotional learning in academics. What do you think? Let us know here.

Exams are stressful not just for children but for parents too! Your child may be taking the exam, but we are sure you will be equally nervous and anxious about it.

The ChildLine National Exam Stress Survey revealed

“96% of the 1300 students who completed the survey felt anxious about exams and revision, with 59% feeling pressure from their parents to do well and 64% saying they have never received any support in dealing with exams”

School teachers take efforts to prepare your child for exams by arranging revision classes and class tests. However, this may only increase the stress your child is facing right now! There are various ways in which you can help her prepare better for exams.

Experts  at ‘Lets Practise’ share three techniques to help your child de-stress and prepare well for exams:

1. Take care of your child’s sleep routine

Lack of sleep has an adverse effect on a child’s memory. Late night studies not only results in low grades but also a possible health hazard. Your child may feel drowsy and unable to recollect what she studied the previous night. If your child’s homework and other activities extend to late in the night, then it would be difficult for her to wake up early. So, plan her activities accordingly so as to not affect her sleep. Make sure that she gets enough to sleep the night before the exam.

Encourage your child to follow an ideal sleep routine and don’t let her exam effect it. Paediatrics recommend children to get 8-10 hours of sleep daily.

2. Provide her healthy food

What children eat has a great impact on their energy and focus levels. Take good care of your child’s diet during exams. Keep junk foods away from her till the exams are over as they can lower the concentration level. Instead, add brain-foods to her diet that aid concentration and memory. Regulate her diet with the right amount of healthy foods since overeating leads to decreased grasping power and fatigue.

If your child has the habit of having tea or coffee then you can serve her a cup or two during the study hours. This will prevent drowsiness and help her stay focused. The meal before the exam is very crucial. Give your child an energetic breakfast with some nuts or chocolates that maintain her energy level throughout the exam.

3. Motivate your child and help her stay relaxed

Parents should be emotionally supportive during exams as children are usually very stressed. You can make sense of her behaviour like irritability, lack of interest, fidgeting with stuff, etc. If you notice such a change then you should talk to her. Ask your child to share her feelings and listen to what she has to say. Make her feel comfortable and secure to share her issues.

If she lacks confidence, motivate her to study effectively so as to do well in exams. You can also help her in the planning the exam schedules and share some relaxation techniques too.

Your support can help your child ace the exams. Try the above three ways to help your child in her examinations and share your feedback with us.

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