New Delhi: Come 2013, and children will have to know not just the principles of Grammar and Physics, but also those of life! The Central Board of Secondary Education has decided to introduce ‘value-based questions’ of three to five marks in all the major subjects. Value-based questions will be introduced in 15 subjects, overall.

According to TOI, a Biology student of Class XII may face a sample value question like this – ‘Aditya participates in a group discussion in his school on the ill effects of tobacco on human health. In the evening he goes with his family for dinner and insists on sitting in the ‘non-smoking area’ to which his father (who is a heavy smoker) objects. In this situation, who wins your support — Aditya’s concern for health and environment, or his father’s objection? Justify giving two reasons. Also, suggest any three effective propaganda campaigns for anti-tobacco awareness’.

The chairman of CBSE, Vineet Joshi, said, “CBSE has decided to follow an interdisciplinary approach in value education where values are intermingled with the content of all the major subjects in Classes XI and XII. The Board has also decided to add 5% weightage in the major subjects (English, Hindi, Mathematics, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Accountancy, History, Geography, Business Studies, Entrepreneurship and Economics) in Classes XI and XII through questions which will be integrated with the content of the subject and analysed on the basis of the values they reflect.”

The questions may carry five marks in a paper of 100 marks and three to four marks in a question paper of 70-90 marks.

With the need for strengthening of value system in the current education system being felt this strongly, looks like the Gurukul days are back.




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