CBSE’s decision of scrapping continuous and comprehensive evaluation (CCE) pattern and introducing the uniform system of assessment for classes 6 to 9, will be effective from the current academic session, i.e., year 2017-2018. Now, with the starting of new academic session in most of the CBSE schools, parents are finally getting to know the fresh norms and challenges in the new academic session.
Earlier, under the CCE assessment pattern, students were assessed on four formative assessments and two summative assessments, with 60 per cent of the assessment being based on pen-paper tests while remaining 40 per cent was extracted from continuous evaluation that based on various activities. Whereas, under the new system of assessment more emphasis will be laid upon pen-paper test with two term exams of 80 marks each and 20 marks' periodic assessment in each term with 10 marks for the periodic or unit test, 5 marks for notebook submission and 5 marks for subject enrichment activities.
Parents come ahead reflecting mixed reactions for the new system. Where some parents are unhappy to do away with the activity based evaluation system, a big proportion is happily accepting the change. According to a parent of a CBSE class 9 student, “Bringing in full syllabus would give students a good practice as they will now be examined on the basis of what they have actually learned and written.”
According to the principal of a prestigious CBSE school, “The CCE was a skill-set based assessment system which shifted education system form mere pen-paper test to practical learning. It tried to do away with old method where only one exam used to decide the faith of a learner. But under the former CCE system, quite often, many students were just passed even when they couldn’t meet the minimum passing criteria. Hence, to bring back the focussed theory-based learning and infuse a strong education basis into the students, CBSE would have decided to bring in the new uniform system of assessment.”
“Moreover, the new assessment will make parents and students take board exams seriously. In the new system, students will have to study the full course for the final exam. Also, in class 6 they will have to revise 10 per cent of 'term 1' syllabus in 'term 2', which will go upto 20 per cent in class 7, 30 per cent in class 8, and will cover the complete portion in class 9. This will help the students get prepared to deal with the pressure of the boards in the next class,” he added.
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