What is CCE ?

Evaluating the need for a functional and reliable system of School-Based Evaluation, CBSE introduced the CCE Scheme for doing a holistic assessment of a learner which also includes coscholastic
area of Life Skills, Attitudes and Values, Sports and Games as well as
Co-Curricular activities
. The CCE scheme aims at addressing this in a holistic
manner. A number of National Committees and Commissions in the past have
consistently made recommendations regarding reducing emphasis on external examination and encouraging internal assessment through School-Based
Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation
Therefore, the CCE scheme brings about a paradigm shift from examination to
effective pedagogy.

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has posted a circular on its website that they cannot force students to change their streams after their final scores are out.

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CBSE Academic launches new portal

The CBSE chairman has announced the launch of a new website for the board’s academic section.The Central Board of Secondary Education has launched a new academic website, www.cbseacademic.in

Vineet Joshi writes that the new website will give the public an insight into its academic activities and educate them about its objectives, programmes which otherwise may not be easily accessible to all.

The CBSE results link on the website would announce CBSE results and students and parents need not look for other links and sites.

Similarly, the CTET (Central Teacher Eligibility Test) tab will be a one-stop destination for information on question papers of CTET for the previous year, CTET bulletin and schedule for examination, results of CTET 2012 and various advertisement notices. It also has details on structure, content and syllabus of CTET exam, important information at a glance etc.

The academic website will be a source for the latest as well as old publications, including textbooks, support materials, CBSE’s quarterly journal CENBOSEC, annual report and even a subsection where one can find the list of latest publications with their price and availability.

Highlights of the CCE Scheme

1. Scheme of the Board
1.1 Senior Secondary Schools

a) There will be no Class X Board Examination w.e.f. 2011 for students
studying in CBSE’s Senior Secondary schools and who do not wish to
move out of the CBSE system after Class X.

b) However, such students of Senior Secondary Schools who wish to move
out of the CBSE system after Class X (Pre-University, Vocational course,
Change of Board, etc.) will be required to take the Board’s External (pen
and paper written/online) Examination.

c) Further, those students who wish to assess themselves vis-à-vis their peers
or for self assessment will be allowed to appear in an On Demand (pen
and paper/ online) Proficiency test.

Secondary Schools

The students studying in CBSE’s Secondary schools will however
be required to appear in Board’s External (pen and paper
written/online) Examination because they will be leaving the
secondary school after Class X.

1.3 All Schools

1.3.1 The Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) will be
strengthened in all affiliated schools with effect from October,
2009 in Class IX.

1.3.2 An Optional Aptitude Test developed by the CBSE will also be
available to the students. The Aptitude Test along with other school
records and CCE would help students, parents and teachers in
deciding the choice of subjects in Class XI.All students of Class X in
the current academic year will be taking the CBSE Board’s Class X
2010 Examination. The CBSE will be conducting this Examination.
The weightage of the school based assessment will remain the same
as per past practice, i.e. 20% each in the subjects of Science, Social
Science and Mathematics.

1.3.3 The new Grading system will be introduced at Secondary School
level (for Classes IX & X) effective from 2009-10 Academic
Session. The details of grading scheme are being circulated in a
separate advisory to schools.

How would the CCE Scheme help?

The above steps would help the learners and parents, who are the primary
stakeholders of school education, in the following manner:-

a) It will reduce stress and anxiety which often builds up during and after the examination which could have an adverse impact on young students especially in the age group of 13-15 years.

b) It will reduce the dropout rate as there will be less fear and anxiety related to performance.

c) In the past there was practice to often finish the entire syllabus much before time and follow it up with Pre-Board(s) and study leave. Now there will be greater focus on learning rather than teaching to the test.

d) The emphasis on conceptual clarification through experiential learning in the classroom will increase since there will be more time available for transaction of curriculum.

e) It will help the learners to develop holistically in terms of personality by also focussing on the co-scholastic aspects which will be assessed as part of the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation scheme.

f) It is expected to prepare the students for life by making students physically fit, mentally alert and emotionally balanced.

g) The students will have more time on their hands to develop their interests, hobbies and personalities.

h) It will enable the students, parents and teachers to make an informed choice about subjects in Class XI.

i) It will motivate learning in a friendly environment rather than in a fearful situation.

j) It will equip students with Life Skills especially Creative and Critical thinking skills, social skills and coping skills which will keep them in a good stead when they enter into a highly competitive environment later on.