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Advantages and disadvantages of CCE pattern of study

Oct 21, 2015 17:23 IST

    CCE stands for Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation. As the name suggests, this latest method of performance evaluation by CBSE, is meant to measure the students’ abilities at every single thing. CCE system has been made mandatory for the students of 6th to 10th as well as 12th. This means that the boards shall be measuring the students’ performance on grading system, instead of percentile. Another important aspect of the CCE system is active learning of the students throughout the year.


    CBSE claims that the CCE system will play a major role in changing the education process from a typical “chalk and talk” to proper evaluation on all aspects. Also, another imperative point to note here is the cutting down of huge CBSE syllabus. Under the CCE method, a student need not study the huge CBSE syllabus because what is covered in the first term will not be repeated during the second or final term, whatsoever. So, in a way this is a way of reducing excessive pressure, but a lot of students and teachers believe that it is adding more stress. Whether CCE pattern of study is a boon or a bane, let us find out here.

    The positive side of CCE pattern

    The CCE pattern has a lot of advantages, which is why it is thoroughly implemented in almost all the CBSE affiliated schools. Let us have a look at these points:

    • Encourages the learning of students by including new teaching techniques and methods
    • Explores the learning needs as well as potential of the students
    • Identifies the continuous learning progress of students on smaller content portions on a regular basis
    • Recognizes as well as deals with the certain needs of those students who are not academically sound
    • Encourages students to participate in extra-curricular activities instead of focussing largely on academics
    • Divides the huge CBSE portion into smaller chunks and reduces pressure of enormous studying
    • Leads to holistic education, which calls for overall student development on various aspects
    • CCE exam scheme allows students to make better and well-informed choice of subjects in 11th class, depending upon their academic performance, liking, aptitude and interests
    • Encourages additional life skills, emotional skills and thinking abilities
    • Includes long-text reading, which means that the students are asked to inculcate the habit of novel reading

    There are a lot more advantages and CCE system is a result of increasing stress and pressure to perform among students. However, everything comes with its own bane and so does the CCE pattern of evaluation. Let’s focus on that now.

    The flip side of CCE Pattern

    A lot of people, including the students and teachers believe that the CCE pattern introduced by CBSE has a lot of disadvantages instead of the positive points. Here is the flip side of the CCE pattern:

    • The grading system is its biggest disadvantage because students scoring 90 and 99 marks are both kept in Grade A+. There is no segregation
    • Grouping together of a large number of students is another disadvantage
    • A lot of people argue that CCE makes the students take their boards lightly
    • Students are forced to study all round the year, which in a way, is like giving no rest to them. Each and every activity is monitored constantly
    • The internal exam papers are evaluated by school teachers, which means that there is a huge possibility of favouritism
    • Endless projects and students’ dependency on the Internet is hampering their creativity in a way, with no outside knowledge
    • The students have a casual approach towards re-evaluation as this option is readily available for them
    • There has been an introduction of language labs for conducting listening and speaking classes in Hindi and English. However, a lot of schools do not have the infrastructure and facility for the same

    Even though CCE is a radical concept in the reformation of education system in India, but the disadvantages need to be addressed in a right manner so as to bring about a real, genuine and positive transformation to the education patterns with reduced stress over students.


    The students have to be treated like children and it is very important to understand that every child has its own capacity and capability. Undue pressure and unnecessary stress or constant evaluation is still predominant factor of India’s education and for bringing out the shy students out of their shell, there has to be a lot more improvement in all the studying patterns in the country.

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