The Central Board of School Education (CBSE) students will now be able to access the Open Text Based Assessment (OTBA) text for Classes 9 and 11 on the official CBSE website, announced a circular made public by the Board.
The OTBA is a part of the Summative Assessment– II and carries a 10 per cent weightage for different subjects. The OTBA will be conducted in five subjects for class IX – Hindi, English, science, mathematics, and social studies. Whereas it will only be conducted in geography, economics and biology for class XI.
The board had come up with the concept in 2013 for holding the assessment test. The assessment tests had been introduced to relieve the students from the unnecessary burden of mugging things and at the same time provide opportunities in acquiring skills of information processing, comprehension, analysis and inference, reported Hindustan Times.
In an attempt to be able to provide more clarity on the assessment, the board has made the text material available both in English and Hindi. The text material includes sample questions and a suggestive marking scheme for the use of teachers.
“The main aim of introducing the OTBA is to provide opportunities to students in acquiring soft skills. The teachers should guide them, provide feedback and encourage open responses in text related to OTBA situations. They should also develop more such questions that are based on the given text but require answers through application of learnt concepts,” reads the circular.
Mostly authorities are of the belief that CBSE’s decision to upload the OTBA text on the board’s website will assist students to have more clarity on the assessment test.