Amid reports of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) decision to change the question paper pattern of class 10 and class 12 from 2020 and early declaration of results has evoked mixed reaction from students, teachers and parents in the city. However, the board has not confirmed any changes yet. The changes are part of the revamp that also includes holding subject tests early (in February).
Abha Chaudhary, a senior Notre Dame Academy teacher, said the Board usually introduce changes in the exam pattern every five years to reduce the scope of rote learning. "It is too early to say whether the new pattern will be easy or more challenging for the students. The teachers will be updated once the CBSE finalises the question pattern for classes X and XII," she said, adding the CBSE should involve experienced teachers to finalise the new pattern.
P C Sharma, a St Karen's High School teacher, welcomed the CBSE's move to hold exams for vocational papers in February and for other subjects in March. "It will give more time to students of Class XII to prepare for competitive exams," Sharma added. According to the sources in CBSE, the board is planning to include more objective-type questions which will focus on measuring critical thinking ability of students. The questions will be more in the nature of problem-solving.