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CBSE introduces English novels in course curriculum of class IX - XII

Published On: 19 Jun 2012 | Last Updated On: 19 Jun 2012

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to introduce English novels in the course curriculum of classes IX to XII from the academic session 2012-13. The decision has been taken with an idea to encourage reading habits amongst the students.

Vineet Joshi, the chairman of CBSE stated that the Board is constantly encouraging schools to provide multi-dimensional learning for the students. Good reading habits will help the students acquire expression, the power of imagination and appreciation of literature. Developing a reading habit is important as it helps in improving comprehension, fluency, accuracy and increases vocabulary. It inspires students to think and support the syllabus in many different ways as it enhances language competence across the syllabus.

The increasing emphasis on the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) has given more reasons to introduce the novels in the syllabus. The schools are being directed to take up Reading Projects along with conducting reviews, reading, and script writing as a part of CCE.

As per the Board, reading skills that the children develop at the end of the curriculum will help make them autonomous learners, better orators as well as creative and critical thinkers.

An official from the Board revealed that every school has decided on a common classic novel which will be used for evaluating the students continuously under CEE for their reading skills and at the end of each session these marks will be added to their final marks.

Source: Times of India

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