The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) recently released the report of its first ever Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE). While schoolchildren, their parents and teachers have all given the thumbs-up to this new evaluation process (primarily, because it has revamped the conventional exam-oriented approach), not everyone seems to be amused with the survey results.
As it turns out, the newly released CCE report has helped bring the gloomy state of affairs in India’s school system to the forefront. The report, the first of its kind since the introduction of CCE in 2009, rated 49.8 per cent schools as just average, and 9.11 per cent schools as below average (meaning, they need improvement). Worse even, it also made the shocking discovery that approximately 35 per cent schools across the country do not do their summative assessment as per the existing guidelines whereas another 38.1 per cent don’t use enough tools and tasks in co-scholastic assessment.
However, the report did mention that as of 2013, students’ overall performance has improved noticeably – by almost 9.48 per cent as compared to 2010.
CBSE’s CCE report on India’s school standards
The following is a rundown of some of the other important aspects that the report managed to find:
1) CBSE officials found that the general classroom teaching methodology still has a lot to improve.
2) The task assigned to students were found to be of average quality in almost 55 per cent of the schools whereas the difficulty level of such tasks were also either average or below average.
3) Approximately 8 per cent schools ignored the marketing scheme, and resorted to dismal steps such as inflating grades or marks in the summative assessment.
4) Students that skipped their X Boards in 2011 (Boards were made optional in that year), eventually performed better in their Class XII exams compared to those that appeared in the external exam that year.
5) CBSE made the report based on its survey of 5,552 schools across the nation.
6) The survey, commissioned by the Board and conducted by the National University of Educational Planning and Administration, National Council for Educational Research and Training, and Management Development Institute, Gurgaon, found that 90 per cent teachers and 60 per cent parents were happy with the new scheme of assessment and the reforms it helped enforce.
“”This is a welcome initiative of the board and I applaud such a change in the CBSE evaluation pattern as even a mark or two makes a difference in college admission. I think it’s a step in the right direction,” Anuradha Joshi, principal of Sardar Patel Vidyalaya, stated, according to a Times of India report.
1) CCE was first introduced in CBSE schools in the year 2000, but it had to wait till 2009 before being extended to the secondary level.
2) As of now, it has been embraced by over 14,000 schools across the country (govt. and private both)
3) The scheme currently covers over 22 lack students from IX and X classes.
4) Since 2010, the Board claims to have trained over 3000 mentors in India as well as abroad.
5) While the overall results have been by far satisfactory, the Board was also compelled to execute an array of changes in the scheme – for example, a mandatory appearance in both Summative Assessments in addition to minimum 25 per cent cumulative score for qualifying the exam.
Allowing a sneak peek into CBSE’s vision with the CEE, a board official stated: “In the first year we are starting with seven major subjects. The facility will be extended to other subjects from subsequent exams. The board is in the process of finalizing the mode of delivery of the digitized answer sheets. In case relatively low numbers of students apply for the answer sheets, these can be delivered via email. Otherwise they will be allowed for download from the board’s website.”
“A student is likely to have doubts in a certain number of answers and not on all answers evaluated. Therefore, we would be putting a limit on the number of questions for re-evaluation,” the official added.