CBSE releases materials for OTBA of class IX, XI
Durg. With much speculation, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) released the text and pictorial materials through which all the affiliated schools of CBSE including 220 schools of the Chhattisgarh state will prepare the question papers for Open Text Based Assessment (OTBA) of class IX (for all subjects) and class XI (Geography, Economics and Biology subjects).
It may be mentioned that to help students in inculcating analytical and theoretical skills, doing away with the memorization concept, CBSE has introduced this OTBA scheme as a part of Summative Assessment (SA) II. This OTBA cover 15 to 20% of the syllabus. In class 9th, it will cover all subjects Economics, Geography and Biology at present. Now the materials have been released by the CBSE for adopting as a part of the curriculum and during Annual Exam in March 2014, students will be allowed to use these study materials for giving test.
The marks distribution for this OTBA has worked to contain its marks in the main subject marks itself. The question paper in main subjects of SA-II would be of 90 marks based on prescribed syllabus and question paper format. While for OTBA, the question paper for each subject in class IX and three subjects in class XI will have a separate section of 10 marks. The questions of OTBA will be of higher levels and would be based on various current affairs and other social as well as economical problems of the nation and other countries of the world.
During the release of the contents related to OTBA, Dr. Sadhana Parashar, Director of Academic Research, Training and Innovations in CBSE stated that the given open text materials are for use in SA-II of class XI and annual examinations of class XI. She also advised the concerned teachers to read, discuss and analyze the materials of OTBA with regard to their objectives and outcomes, concepts involved and their application, description, further explanation and exploration of the case and analysis from different expectations.
The topics of OTBA in different subjects of class IX are irregularities in sex ratio of boys and girls for Hindi-A and child labourers for Hindi-B, Information Technology and Values for English Communication, The future is now; A zest for living for English language and Literature, Planning a garden or Adventure Camp for Mathematics section, Disaster in
Uttarakhand: Rain of Terror or Adverse Effects of Air Pollution for Science subject. A tale from the hills or Migration for Social Science.
In class XI, the topics for Economics are Medical Tourism in India or The Second Green Revolution; Bhuj, Gujarat or Krakatau Volcano; Fear of East Indies for Geography and Life and Living or Incredible India for Biology subject.
The teachers should assign this text material to their students in groups of further understanding, analysis and discussion. It is reiterated here that the main objective of introducing OTBA is to relieve the students from the burden of mugging up of content and provide opportunities in acquiring skills of information processing, comprehension, analysis and inference.
The teachers should guide the students by providing feedback and encourage open responses in solving solutions. The text also gives some questions as samples. The teachers should develop more such questions which are based on the given text but require answers through application of concepts, further extrapolation, comparison and inference' added, Dr. Sadhana Parashar.