Everyone is aware that the Union Cabinet has approved the new policy, which aims to overhaul the complete educational system of our country. The Government’s plan was to introduce this new policy before the beginning of the new academic session, which was scheduled for September-October of this year, which was delayed due to the Pandemic. The aim of this new policy of 5+3+3+4, instead of the earlier 10+2 is also an attempt to make the Indian students’ future ready to match the social and technological status of the world and the global education system. NCERT curriculum is expected to be taken as the nationally acceptable criterion.

Main Resources For Learning

Now, even in this new policy, education lays emphasis on textbooks as a very crucial resource for the students. The aim is to provide quality textbooks at lowest possible cost. While earlier there were some state boards that followed the NCERT textbooks, there were also boards that followed their own textbooks for Classes 1 to 10. However, with the launch of the new policy, all boards including the Rajasthan board 10th are expected to prepare their own curricula (based on the NCFSE prepared by NCERT to the extent possible) and textbooks (based on the NCERT textbook materials to the extent possible), while also incorporating State flavour and material as needed.

Now Apart from all these textbooks that we have already discussed, see below in this article, the list of other resources that are being used by students presently to prepare most competently for the board exam, so that they can perform proficiently in it.

  • Extra reference materials, solutions or exemplars to revise for the exams
  • Notes help students to revise the key highlights of the subject just before the exam
  • Previous year papers to get familiar with the question paper format and marking schemes
  • Sample papers or mock tests are the best resource to attempt varied question formats of all difficulty levels

Now, all these resources help to make a student very confident to face the exams, as they get more acquainted with the type of questions asked as well as the expected difficulty level of the board exams of all state boards, from MP Board 10th Class or 12th to Classes 10 or 12 of all boards. Solving these papers and solutions or exercises from exemplars is also the best way to increase speed in answering the questions. Students also get to learn time management by practising these resources.

However, we have seen that the current Covid-19 Pandemic has revolutionised the education system, along with major change in the resources that are being used by the students to study. We have seen the growth of digital resources, from live TV broadcasting of academic subjects to video interactions, online theatre and to working with special needs learners. We see that it is all about embracing learning “anywhere anytime”. It is apparent that technological evaluation systems, touchscreen paper corrections, digital books and smart boards have become the new reality.

In these extraordinary times, the board may have to seek extraordinary measures to look beyond the traditional board exams not only for this academic year, but for 2021, as well. Returning to school after the pandemic is likely to be very disruptive and it is up to the teachers and schools to adopt methods to ensure ways to compensate for the academic loss of the students.