The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has proposed a significant overhaul of the academic structure for Classes 9 to 12, potentially starting from the upcoming academic session in 2024-25. This move aims to implement a credit-based system, aligning with the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020's vision of flexibility and holistic learning.
The CBSE has urged affiliated schools to consider implementing the new credit system based on the National Credit Framework (NCrF) introduced by the UGC in 2022. Feedback from schools was sought by December 5, 2023. The board is currently reviewing the feedback and finalizing the implementation plan.
Explore the new credit system proposed by CBSE for schools. Here are some key points:
Credits: Each subject gets a certain number of credits based on the time needed to study it. An entire academic year consists of 40 credits, equivalent to 1200 hours of study.
Learning Hours: Notional learning hours indicate the time students need for a topic, covering both in-class and out-of-class learning. This includes academic and non-academic activities.
Grading: Students receive grades from A1 to E, determined by their rank in the class. For example, the top one-eighth get an A1, the next one-eighth get an A2, and so on.
Flexibility and choice: Students will have more flexibility in choosing subjects beyond the core requirements, allowing them to explore their interests and personalize their learning journey. This could involve opting for additional languages, vocational skills, or other electives.
Holistic Development: The credit system integrates extracurricular activities like sports, arts, and community service. This emphasizes overall development alongside academic achievements.
More Subjects, More Credits: The proposal suggests increasing the number of compulsory subjects for Classes 9 and 10, including a third language, interdisciplinary subjects, physical education, health, art education, and a skill-based subject. Each subject will carry specific credits based on learning hours.
The CBSE hasn't given a specific date for rolling out the new credit system yet. However, it's expected to begin in the upcoming academic session. In grades 9 and 10, students will have five subjects, with two language subjects earning 7 credits each, 2 credits for physical education, and 1 credit for art education. Likewise, in grades 11 and 12, out of the six subjects, language subjects will get 6 credits each, and other subjects will receive 7 credits each, totaling 40 credits. Stay updated by checking the CBSE official website for any announcements.
The proposed credit system has generated mixed reactions. Some stakeholders welcome the move as a step towards a more flexible and holistic education system. Others express concerns about implementation challenges, workload increases, and potential inequalities. The final decision and its impact on students, teachers, and schools remain to be seen.