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Future trips to unravel past

Cramming from textbooks is passé. Students would now be able to visit places of historical significance and learn about the past.

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has asked its affiliated schools to take students on excursions to make history learning more interesting from the 2014-15 academic session.

A CBSE official at the Delhi office said: “This has been done keeping in mind a subject normally not considered very interesting. History, if taught by taking students near the historical monuments and places, would become interesting for them. This move of the board would help students and they would be able to study in a better way. They would be able to do the projects in a better and efficient manner.”

P.S. Ambastha, the vice-principal of May Flower School, echoed similar sentiments. Ambastha said: “We have to take students on outdoor visits so that they can have a clear picture. Moreover, they would find the subject easier to study. For example, if we talk about some monument mentioned in the history book and take them to visit and see the same structure, it would be really interesting and easy to learn the facts about those.”

The pupils feel the same about the board move. Shivam Kumar, a Class IX student of Patna Central School, said: “It would be a great experience to see the places and monuments for ourselves and know about the details. Reading about the same in a book is not so interesting. If we do get such an opportunity we would be thrilled to bits. It would seem as if the pictures and words would come out and present themselves in the form of historical places. It’s easier to see the places than mug up text books.”

Nandan Kumar, whose child is admitted to a CBSE-affiliated school, said: “It’s a good step by the CBSE. I won’t mind paying money for the excursion. My child would learn something in a more interesting manner. And if the school plans trips in groups the fun would be doubled. Doing these things in a group is more enjoyable.”

The vice-principal of Patna Central School, O.P. Singh, said they have planned trips but not on a large scale. “Since the board has now asked schools to conduct these trips, the subject would get more interesting.”

On places where they would take the students, Singh said: “Vaishali, Bodhgaya, Rajgir, Nalanda and others are some of the important historical places nearby. Our students would be taken to these places and explained in detail about the historical significance. In the next academic session 2014-15, the students would be seen making projects on them.”

Students might be divided into small groups and work together on different projects. This would be done to make them enjoy and learn more.

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