Following the New Education Policy (NEP) 2020 recommendations, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is preparing to transition to the 5 + 3 + 3 + 4 pedagogical systems. A directive is being sent to all CBSE-affiliated Indian schools to start this shift from the current 10 + 2 system, with effect from the next academic year. This was announced by the CBSE chairperson during the 28 th CBSE NationalAnnual conference in Vadodara recently.
The new pedagogical framework consists of four stages of schooling – the first 5 years are the foundational stage lasting till class 2, followed by preparatory and middle stages of 3 years each, and then the final 4 years of secondary stage. i.e., classes 9 to 12. While the board exams for 10 th and 12 th will continue in the new system, the examination pattern will be reformed so that the need for coaching classes is removed. All students will be allowed to take board exams up to two times during a school year, i.e. one main examination, and one for improvement, if required.
The process will start with creation of school registry, teacher registry and student registry. These three resources will be tracked throughout the different stages of schooling. Along with the new system, other announcement related to NEP 2020 were made, including the portal launch of SQAA (School Quality Assessment and Assurance), and the SAFAL assessment