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CBSE Joint Secretary holds meeting with Principals of Indian Schools at Bhavans, Kuwait

 

 

CBSE Joint Secretary holds meeting with Principals of Indian Schools at Bhavans, Kuwait

CBSE Joint Secretary holds meeting with Principals of Indian Schools at Bhavans, KuwaitIn the meeting that was held at Indian Educational School, Kuwait on October 23, 2019. Dr. Sweta Singh, the Joint Secretary of CBSE addressed the Principals of the various Indian Schools in Kuwait. The interactive session began at 9.00 a.m. in the IES auditorium that set a perfect ambience to interact with gusto. Mr. T Premkumar, Principal of Indian Educational School, Kuwait and Chairman of CBSE Gulf Sahodaya extended a warm welcome to the multifaceted academician and resource person Dr. Sweta Singh, Joint Secretary CBSE, and to the participants from over 12 Indian schools in Kuwait. 

Dr. Sweta Singh who then took the floor addressed the principals on the concept of “experiential learning” that is widely gaining popularity in the CBSE Joint Secretary holds meeting with Principals of Indian Schools at Bhavans, KuwaitCBSE schools. She presented the various plans devised by the CBSE to enhance experiential learning process in schools. She also eulogized the involvement and efforts of Chairperson CBSE Dr. Anita Karwal IAS and the officials in the CBSE. She spoke about the various capacity building programmes CBSE will be organizing on the road to making it effective, the first and foremost being the plan to arrange a range of capacity building programmes for teachers, especially for those in the government schools across India and also in the middle east. 

Explaining further on experiential learning, she emphasized the need to enhance the 21st century skills which will enable the children to be CBSE Joint Secretary holds meeting with Principals of Indian Schools at Bhavans, Kuwaitconfident, and competent individuals, as they move out to face the world. Children learn through experience much more than through the conventional chalk and talk method.  Questioning is a very effective technique, sadly the effectiveness is lost when teachers shoot questions and pull ahead. This technique provides an experience to hear unfortunately, not to involve or respond or even think. The teacher should have a variety of carefully framed questions, and the students should be given time to think and respond, discuss and present their views. Dr. Sweta Singh reiterated that the schools should include quality questions, critical thinking and collaboration in the daily lessons, for which planning and training are the essential requisites. As experienced leaders and senior CBSE Joint Secretary holds meeting with Principals of Indian Schools at Bhavans, Kuwaitteachers Principals should take up the initiative of providing extensive training to the teachers. She further added that the pedagogical plans which are to be sent to the CBSE will be scrutinized and the best ones will be uploaded for reference in the CBSE website. 

Dr. Sweta then rejoined the group of participants to respond to the general academic queries, one of them being the advanced conduct of the CBSE exams in February. Dr. Sweta informed the principals that changes in the commencement of the exams from the previous years, CBSE Joint Secretary holds meeting with Principals of Indian Schools at Bhavans, Kuwaitonce finalized, will promptly be communicated to the school heads by the CBSE. The principals also raised doubts on the allocation of different exam centers for students for the practical exams, proposed by the CBSE this year. Dr. Sweta informed that this being a pilot project, would be worked out in the Delhi region this year, and with further planning, implemented later in the other schools.  The principals affirmed the need for bettering the quality of the NCERT books in terms of its content and questions. They said that a sincere attempt to revise the current editions can go a long way in improving the teaching learning process. Dr. Sweta acknowledged the genuine concern of the principals. She added that the sample papers released recently is not just based on Bloom’s taxonomy like the yester years, but finer questions which will trigger the critical thinking skills of the students and teachers alike, find place in them. A glance at the sample papers will evidently assert the need for advanced preparation, by the teachers and students alike. 

Mr. Arul Dharmaraj, convener of the Kuwait chapter wrapped up the short, informative, and fruitful interactive session by proposing the vote of thanks. As a token of gratitude and reverence from Bhavans Kuwait, Dr. Sweta Singh also received a memento from Mrs. Shyamala Diwakaran, the Principal of Gulf Indian School, Kuwait.

 

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