CBSE wants children skilled, taught

Kochi: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) secretary Anurag Tripathi on Saturday exhorted principals and teachers to change their classrooms into one of experiential learning rather than learning by rote in order to change the face of the nation.

Inaugurating a conclave of principals and managers organised by the Venad Sahodaya Complex at Greets Public School, Kaloor, he said that the times have changed and in order to meet the challenges of the modern world the children have to be skilled rather than just taught.

“We all know that education liberates and makes all a better human being. To make students future ready, apart from traditional learning mode, skills and critical thinking of children should be focused, their physical and mental well-being should be given attention to and experiential learning should be facilitated,” the CBSE Secretary said.

“In order to understand the needs of the children, teachers also need to emotionally connect with students. The classroom should be one of experience and teachers should give attention to improving the communication skills of the students, their attitude and scientific temper,” said the CBSE Secretary.

Anurag Tripathi also said that to enhance the result of their teaching, the teachers should review their teaching style also occasionally. “The managements of the schools and principals should focus on giving periodical training to teachers to improve their skills. Use school funds for capacity building programmes for teachers. In order to ensure quality of teachers, the selection process of teachers should be made transparent also,” he said.

The CBSE secretary also called upon schools to engage the community around and the parents in a big way in the affairs involving children. “You cannot achieve your goals vis-a-vis children unless you engage parents meaningfully,” said Anurag Tripathi.

The CBSE secretary also said that the Board is issuing detailed circulars on all aspects of any reform it is bringing in.

CBSE Regional Officer Sachin Thakur, head of CBSE Centre of Excellence Manish Tyagi, K.K. Shajahan, president, Venad Sahodaya Complex and Deepa Chandran, principal, Greets Public School also addressed the gathering.

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