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Business News/ Education / News/  Open Book Exam in Maharashtra schools: State Board likely to follow CBSE's lead
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Open Book Exam in Maharashtra schools: State Board likely to follow CBSE's lead

Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education is considering to explore Open Book Exam, following CBSE's lead.

Maharashtra state government is considering testing the OBE pattern in state board schools.Premium
Maharashtra state government is considering testing the OBE pattern in state board schools.

Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) is considering exploring the Open Book Exam (OBE), following CBSE's (Central Board of Secondary Education) lead, as stated by the state board chief.

Chairman of MSBSHSE, Sharad Gosavi on February 29 stated that MSBSHSE board will formulate a plan and implement the OBE pattern in certain schools. 

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“We will analyse the response received from the examination and assess how students perform," Mid-Day quoted Sharad Gosavi as saying.

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Gosavi suggested that the state government is considering testing the OBE pattern in state board schools as well. Meanwhile, the CBSE board plans to implement a pilot run of the Open Book Exam (OBE) for select subjects in classes IX, X, XI and XII during internal examinations.

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‘No decision yet’

“While no decision has been made yet, there have been discussions within the state education circle regarding the potential benefits of this pattern, such as enhancing analytical skills among students and discouraging rote learning," the publication quoted a senior official from the school education department as saying.

The official further added, “However, any decision will only be made after thorough testing and evaluation to ensure it is beneficial for the students. Currently, there is no concrete decision on this matter." 

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The pilot run for Open Book Exam will primarily focus on subjects such as English, Mathematics, and Science for Std IX and X, along with English, Mathematics, and Biology for Std IX and XII. It will take place exclusively in selected schools during November and December this year to align with the National Curriculum Framework (NCF) 2023.

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CBSE is taking assistance from Delhi University for this pilot project to attain the primary objective that is to evaluate the time students require to complete such tests and gather feedback from both teachers and students. The development and design of the pilot test are scheduled to complete by June. 

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Published: 05 Mar 2024, 08:59 AM IST
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