Interviews-Raman bansal


Why only eight boards joined the inter-board working group (IBWG)? What about the other boards?

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE), National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) and all state Boards had agreed to implement the education reform of variations in results, which affect students adversely, bring about uniformity in an evaluation and improve the quality of education.. The Centre has now set up a working group called the Inter Board Working Group (IBWG) to smoothen out the issues.It will be headed by the CBSE chairman and will contain members from the ICSE and the state boards of Gujarat, J&K, Karnataka, Telangana, Chhattisgarh, Kerala and Manipur as these states are using moderation policy basically on large scale and the other boards like Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Mizoram, Manipur and Tripura informed that they do not have a moderation policy.. While Uttarakhand, Goa, Chhattisgarh and Tamil Nadu boards informed that they use moderation at lower end to improve pass percentages.

Is the NDA government nudging the Indian education system towards the one-size-fits-all concept?

It is not correct for a country that is complex and has such diverse cultures to have one-size-fits-all concept.. But, we must appreciate the steps towards transparent examination system in order to have empowered society..

Is there a hidden agenda behind this initiative?

An initial step shows its very progressive and far sighted move..


By centralising education, is the NDA government taking away the rights of the individual states?

One needs to understand that every state government has the constitutional right to formulate educational and academic structures within the state.. All state boards had agreed to implement these reforms.

What is likely to be the impact of this new initiative on teachers and students?

Policy impact teachers too much as they are actively and directly involved in curriculum transaction.. In this case also policy of learning experiences as well as curriculum materials no doubt will have negative impact if implementation is executed without proper planning like execution of demonetisation implementation.

 What new learning can be achieved through a common core curriculum for all major subjects?

All the boards will earn reputation at international level and students too and secondly it will help students for practical life, colleges and also for industry.

By telling respective state boards to share question papers, is the government attempting to make CBSE a ‘Super Policing Body’?

Inter Board Working Group (IBWG) is headed by CBSE chairman and it has been already decided that CBSE will share question papers with states that use NCERT books so that there is uniformity across all states in difficulty levels of questions and in the subsequent evaluations so, we must see it as very progressive and far sighted move.. As IBWG is headed by CBSE Chairman so we can say that definitely CBSE has an upper hand in comparison to other boards.

Will the common core curriculum help students crack the national common entrance exams like NEET in a better way?

Any excellent curriculum will fall flat without good teachers and effective leadership.. In my experience, easiest thing to do is frame curriculum! Common core curriculum is fine but how transaction will be held in the classroom across a country like India.. Constitution says education is run by both the policies of central and state governments.. But centre has no right on deciding curriculum.. Curriculum and its selection are exclusively with the state.. Central policies aimed at providing welfare services to the community like RTE etc through education, equality, justice etc..except the schools run by central govt like KV, NV etc..

Following the IBWG initiative, is the central government proposing to introduce NCERT books for all state boards for uniformity in teaching and learning?

It has been decided that CBSE will share question papers with states that use NCERT books ‘so that there is uniformity across all states in difficulty levels of questions and in the subsequent evaluations’.. Practically, it is not possible for the time being to print NCERT books in Tamil, Oriya, Marathi, Bengali and other regional books..