The Central Board of Secondary Education is going to start many new courses soon, disclosed Ashok Ganguli, CBSE chairman.Ganguli said, “We are in touch with India’s National Association of Software and Service Companies for some IT courses, with National Institute of Fashion Designing for fashion designing courses, with some hospitals for starting courses related to general health, besides courses in retail management, service sector, heritage crafts, multimedia and visual arts and creative skills.He said presently CBSE is focusing on four important factors — language, including communication skills enhancing regional as well as local languages; teaching mathematics from Class III onwards with the help of mathematics laboratory; teaching science by learning by doing from Class VI onwards and teaching with the help of computer technology. As per CBSE, a student can get five chances to clear a compartment in any subject. However, students who fail to clear their compartment in the third chance under CBSE Board are denied admission in schools under Punjab School education Board. About this, Ganguli said, “I am also the president of Council of Board of School Education. A meeting is being held in Pune in January 2008, where I will take up the issue.”He added that keeping in view the constructive approach and conceptual framework, CBSE is going to change its assessment pattern. In the Board examination of 2008, question papers will be based on thinking skills among children. So 20 per cent of the question papers will be based on higher order thinking skill, while the remaining will be based on medium order thinking skill. This will help in maintaining the correlation between speed and accuracy, he said.

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