New Evaluation Module for School Assessments from 2021
Centre may scrap School Examinations from 2021 – Among the various changes proposed by the draft New Education Policy committee (NEP committee), one is to modernize the evaluation process and scrap school examinations
As per the recommendations, the Human Resource Development (MHRD) ministry has given its nod to work on the new school evaluation process by doing away with school examinations from academic session 2021. The new evaluation module will focus on class-based assessments and follow the ‘5-3-3-4’ structure informed the ministry.
The government is exploring all possibilities to finalise the National Education Policy by October 2020 so that the policies can be implemented from 2021.
The official from the HRD Ministry said, “We will soon notify the boards for their recommendations on the new exam structure recommended by the committee. After receiving suggestions from the boards and education experts, the ministry will consider junk 10+2 format, and to proceed on the proposed evaluation process from 2021,”
The draft National Education Policy (NEP) committee in the month of June recommended the HRD Ministry the new structure (5-3-3-4) on the lines of an international school-based evaluation process which assesses a student on the basis of their class-based performance. The 5-3-3-4 design comprising five years of foundation stage (three years of pre-primary school and classes one and two), three years of preparatory stage (classes three to five), three years of middle stage (classes six to eight), and four years of secondary stage (classes 9 to 12).
Further the committee also recommended to restructuring the board examinations to test only core concepts, skills and higher order capacities. These board examinations will be on a range of subjects. The students can choose their subjects, and the semester when they want to take these board exams. The school final examinations may be replaced by these board examinations.
Accordingly, as per the proposal of the draft NEP committee, ministry is also considering extending the ages of free learning under Right to Education (RTE) act from 14 years to 18 years.
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