Class 10th board exams this year will see the changes in the exam pattern as the directorate of government examinations has implemented changes in the pattern of exam by introducing questions outside-textbook.
However, schools and educationists have appreciated the changes introduced, and also feel that the changes in the exam pattern has to be introduced gradually and in an incremental process.
"The move will not yield any positive change, unless the teaching process itself is changed accordingly." they added.
Over 1.5 lakh students secured 100 per cent marks in at least one subject last year, which drew flaks on the examination model, and the diluted Samacheer Kalvi syllabus.
This forced government to decide on implementing questions outside-textbook in the examination, Basically the questions are not designed on the rote learning system rather make students think.
"The move will be beneficial only if the teaching methodology changes. The government has to ensure that teachers teach the concepts and make students understand them. Only then will students be able to answer questions that are not found in textbooks," the General Secretary of the State Platform for Common Schools, P B Prince Gajendra Babu TOI.
While the experts emphasise on the importance of training being imparted for teachers on how to teach the new syllabus to the students and need to shift their focus from the usual rote learning system to conceptual learning.
Removal of options promotes learning all the concepts
Another important aspect in this issue to is the choice among questions (both internal and open) in the examination paper. Experts have called for the removal of such choices as they promote selective study among students.
Educational consultant J P Gandhi said, "Only when you remove choices students will attempt to learn all the concepts and chapters in the subject. Also, the blueprint for the exam should reveal only the weightage for each section. In the present format, the school education department has prescribed weightage from each chapter. So students stick to selective learning of answers."