The TOI reports today that CBSE will stop publishing sample papers for classes XI and XII.
"Students are increasingly getting selective in their studies and the sample papers seem to have been contributing to this. It's not a healthy academic practice as students need to study in a comprehensive manner. Therefore, the sample papers hence forth will not be available. The board has initiated a number of exam reforms which include higher order thinking skills, value-based questions and open-text based assessment so that the assessment system is enhanced," said chairman of CBSE, Vineet Joshi.
It's good to see the CBSE emphasize on higher order learning skills and concepts, but I don't think that doing away w sample papers is necessarily the solution. The sample papers were just a guideline to help students prepare for the exam. In fact, CBSE can encourage these higher order skills by publishing a set of sample papers that encourage the students to think different rather than reproduce what they have learn't from the text verbatim.
We at Clay6 will provide comprehensive solutions and practice on any question from previous model papers. We will come up w our own questions that will train the students on these higher order learning skills. Watch this space...