CBSE dedicated the 2020-21 academic session to competency-based learning, where the focus of teaching should be on the outcomes that students need to achieve.
“TERM is a suggestive mechanism from CBSE that allows teachers to develop educational plans while implementing competency-based learning in the classroom and reviewing its outcomes,” said Biswajit Saha, Director (Training and Skill Education) of CBSE. The Board has also asked teachers to encourage their students to share their suggestions in order to further improve these manuals. `
The manuals suggest certain activities that teachers can undertake with learners to help explain a concept. Teachers can adapt and create activities tailored to a specific concept.
“Filling out the curriculum and examining students against a series of question papers has been a practice for decades. It is time to think differently, look beyond the textbook and focus on developing a child’s skills, not just knowledge, ”he adds.
Initially, CBSE launched TERM for science and maths because a large number of students show no interest in these two subjects. “CBSE starts with these two subjects because it has been found that a large number of students show no interest in math and science. Through TERM, the board hopes to maintain curiosity and arouse interest in the topics in the students. In due course, other topics will also be covered under TERM, ”says Saha.
It is primarily intended for teachers, but parents can also access it to help their children improve their skills. The manuals can be downloaded from the Diksha portal or from the CBSE official website.