| (From left) CBSE regional director SU Sorte, CBSE chairperson Vineet Joshi, examination controller MC Sharma and Loyola High School principal Brother Felix in Patna on Sunday. Picture by Deepak Kumar |
Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) chairperson Vineet Joshi on Sunday said “strict action” would be taken against schools that are not implementing continuous and comprehensive evaluation system.
The system was introdu-ced for students of classes IX and X a few years ago. The aim is to evaluate each pupil at school to reduce pressure on all of them before examinations. The students’ marks would also be replaced by gra-des as part of the assessment system. “The continuous and comprehensive evaluation, which has been introduced in classes IX and X, aims at holistic development of the students. Schools are supposed to implement the evaluation in a proper manner for the benefit of pupils. Action would be taken against schools found not adhering to the norm,” Joshi said.
The CBSE chairperson was in the city to address a principals’ meeting at Loyola High School. Around 260 people, including school directors, principals and vice-principals from Bihar and Jharkhand, attended the event and shared their problems with him.
According to representatives of schools outside the capital, a few institutes from remote areas said they were facing difficulties in implementing the continuous and comprehensive evaluation and in conducting formal assessments.
The CBSE chairperson said: “Some agencies have been given the task of training teachers on the continuous and comprehensive evaluation so that students of all schools are assessed on an uniform basis. It has been a long time now. All the schools should have implemented this assessment properly. Even teachers of all new schools are being provided the training.”
Talking about problem solving assessment and its usefulness, Joshi said: “The assessment has been introduced from this year for classes IX and XI. Class XI students will be awarded certificates, whereas marks will be added to the results of class IX examinations and also in the Class X boards. However, students can opt for another problem solving assessment in Class X. Whichever results are better will be added to the Class X board marks.”
Joshi added that the problem solving assessment question paper would comprise three sections. Section A will be based on linguistics — English or Hindi. Section B would be on reasoning and Section C will consist of mathematics/social science. The examination would be conducted by CBSE on February 16.
He said: “The problem solving assessment paper will require students to apply their intelligence instead of memorising. The CBSE wants the pupils to apply their thoughts on whatever is being taught. The aim of the paper is to encourage students to think.”
The CBSE city co-ordinator, Rajiv Ranjan Sinha, the principal of Loyola High School, Brother Felix and the CBSE regional director, S.U. Sorte, were present on the occasion. The CBSE examination controller, M.C. Sharma, said that fair means should be adopted to conduct forthcoming boards, the All India Engineering Entrance Examination and IIT-JEE. Sharma also informed every one of future changes in the syllabus and other reforms to be introduced by the board.
The CBSE officials said from the 2012-13 academic session, Class XII students would have three chances to clear compartmental examinations. Earlier, it was five.