To help students prepare well for Class 10 and Class 12 board exams, CBSE announced a new special plan. According to it, students must complete the entire Term 1 syllabus by 25th September and revise it in the next 40 days (till 5th November).
They’ve also suggested that Class 10 students should study 6 hours daily and Class 12 students should study 8 hours daily. They must devote at least two hours to each technical subject.
CBSE is upping the ante when it comes to giving holistic education to children. Recently, they launched a career guidance portal in association with UNICEF to help students get answers to some basic questions.
Now, they’ve also introduced comics as an alternative to textbooks. These comics present the lessons in an attractive, visual format and they’ve already been downloaded several times by students. It’s a development that has happened because of the updated National Education Policy 2020. “As a part of the thrust on experiential learning, art-integrated education will be embedded in classroom transactions not only for creating joyful classrooms, but also for imbibing the Indian ethos through integration of Indian art and culture in the teaching and learning process at every level. This art-integrated approach will strengthen the linkages between education and culture,” the policy read.
We took a look at the comics and even though they are poorly designed, they are definitely more engaging than a traditional textbook. In a chapter on Trigonometry (Class 10 Mathematics), the entire lesson is presented in the format of an engaging story based on a game show. The concepts have been explained using interesting examples shown in a flashback mode and involve conversations.
In a webinar organized on CBSE’s YouTube channel, a student from Jaipur said, “You tell me something, I forget. You teach me something, I may remember. But when you involve me, that is how I learn. From user’s point of view, the most interesting and exciting fact about these graphic novels is that you react to the words and pictures at the same time. And surprisingly, these artistic graphics and application-based text has completely redefined the definition of reading for us students. I can see myself into every story because the protagonist is always going to be a student of the same class. So, if I’m in Class 9, I know the hero of the story is always going to be a Class 9 student. So then, I can relate to this character very strongly.”
For sure, teaching methods need to evolve with time. Today’s generation is hooked onto social media platforms which provides instant gratification and a wide variety of options to choose from. This can impact their attention span leading to difficulties in school. In India, 82% of the students from Class 7 to Class 10 are scared of Mathematics according to a survey by Cuemath. It’s an alarming number and a cause for concern. The use of comics and other interactive channels of instruction is not a luxury anymore, it’s an absolute necessity.
Note: These comics can be accessed on the Diksha website and through a WhatsApp chat bot named Tara.