In the wake of extension of lockdown in the country, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has asked schools to shift the method of teaching. The CBSE asked the schools to adopt an activity-based curriculum instead of current text-based learning methods.
The CBSE, in a circular said: “We have been forced to rethink on the present system of an almost complete reliance of school education on prescribed textbooks, to instead make all-out efforts to replace it with a combination of an engaging and joyful blend of activity-based learning, do-it-yourself and learn projects, building self-reliance capabilities in our learners along with textbooks and use of technology.”
Even, the NCERT released alternative academic calendars for different sections to encourage activity-based learning with the help of both online and offline resources.
The CBSE said that there is a need to shift to a competency-based education (CBE) which would employ an interdisciplinary instruction such as the use of arts, storytelling, sports to convey concepts.
The CBSE also said “It felt necessary that schools majorly focus their teaching efforts on learning and its outcomes, rather than entirely on exams, testing and scores.” Schools have been instructed to prepare annual plans with activity-based “meaningful and joyful learning experiences”.