CENTRAL
BOARD OF SECONDARY EDUCATION


ACADEMIC
BRANCH, SHIKSHA SADAN
17, ROUSE AVENUE, NEW DELHI110002







D(A)/PA/CBSE/ML/04 
28^{th}
January,2004



To

All
Heads of Institutions

Affiliated
to the Board



Dear
Principal,




Sub: 
Use of Mathematics Laboratory in the schools  Reg 




As
you are aware, the CBSE had introduced the concept of Mathematics
Laboratory in the affiliated schools last year. In order to facilitate
the schools to understand the philosophy behind the concept of Mathematics
Laboratory, the Board had also issued "Guidelines to schools
for Mathematics Laboratory."



The
objectives behind the introduction of Mathematics Laboratory were:


1.

The
fear for study of Mathematics should be diffused.



2.

The learning of Mathematics should be made more pragmatic
and lifeoriented at the school level,



3.

There is a need to improve the pedagogy in Mathematics to
enhance analytical and critical thinking.



4.

The learning of Mathematics could be linked with other subjects
to develop interdisciplinary thinking.



5.

The tools and instruments for practical verification of
mathematical concepts could be locally designed by innovative
methods.



6.

The students could be evaluated on their mathematical skills
by continuous and comprehensive evaluation.



This
book brought various methods of by which the learning of Mathematics
could be more pragmatic and interesting. The efforts made by the
Board are only suggestive and not prescriptive. This facilitates
the schools and teachers to make their own models and designs so
that the interest and aptitude in the study and performance in Mathematics
could be improved.


The
Board recommends that all the affiliated schools should immediately
make necessary initiatives to start the Mathematics Laboratory for
classes III to VIII and integrate the evaluation of practical competencies
in Mathematics in the evaluation of the subject. The Board expects
all the affiliated schools to have their Mathematics Laboratories
ready by 31st March, 2005 in order that the future strategies in
this regard could be put in place. The Board intends to extend the
evaluation of these competencies as a part of its internal continuous
and comprehensive evaluation at the secondary stage shortly.


The
immediate initiatives taken by the schools to set up Mathematics
laboratories would give enough and adequate time for them to plan
their future strategies. It will give further scope for extending
these facilities to the secondary classes also so that the internal
evaluation in Mathematics at the secondary stage becomes possible.


Given
the fact that enormous academic resources are available in the country,
the schools should tap the local resources in developing a meaning
and tool for the concept development, pedagogy and evaluation in
this subject. The Board looks forward to fresh and newer initiatives
to make the learning of Mathematics more purposeful, integrated
and pragmatic.


The
Board would be happy to receive short profiles of the initiatives
taken by the schools in this regard over a period of time so that
the experiences can be shared with the larger school community.






Yours
faithfully,



(G.BALASUBRAMANIAN)

DIRECTOR
(ACADEMIC)



