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CCE overburdening children, say parents

chandigarh Updated: Aug 13, 2013 10:06 IST
Eileen Singh

Even after four years of implementation of Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) system by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) in schools, parents are not satisfied with the system.

The parents think it is a waste of a child's career while according to the teachers the system helps the students to develop holistically.

"These days there are too many tests, assignments, projects, home work and review tests for the children," said Pooja Kashyap, a parent.

"The projects that are being given as home works to the students are done either by their parents or siblings and in most cases outsourced from shops, that however, doesn't decrease the stress," added Kashyap.

"No real time is being provided to students to play or participate in co-curricular activities, and some schools have no parent teacher meetings. Moreover, the projects should be conducted in schools itself rather than getting them home as it makes for a better learning experience for the students," said Manoj Malhotra, another parent.

A teacher in a prominent private school, Tania Sharma said, "This helps in a child's holistic development as they are concentrating on a lot of other ventures. It eases our teaching pressure and the child learns more through practicals."

Why was CCE introduced?

Continuous and comprehensive evaluation is an education system which was introduced by the Central Board of Secondary Education for students from sixth to tenth grade in 2010. The main aim of CCE is to evaluate every aspect of the child's learning process. This programme has helped to reduce pressure before examinations.

Marks replaced to grades:

As a part of this new system, student's marks were replaced by grades which were evaluated through a series of curricular and extra-curricular evaluations along with academics. The aim was to reduce the workload on students and to improve the overall skill and ability of the student by means of evaluation of other activities. Grades are awarded to students based on work experience skills, dexterity, innovation, steadiness, teamwork, and public speaking.

Two different types of test:

Under the CCE several tests are conducted. But, all these are termed in two different types of tests. Namely, the formative and the summative. A formative test comprises the student's work at class and home, the student's performance in oral tests and quizzes and the quality of the projects or assignments submitted by the child. Formative tests are conducted four times in an academic session, and they carry a 40% weightage for the aggregate.

The summative assessment is a three-hour long written test conducted twice a year. The first summative or Summative Assessment 1 (SA-1) is conducted after the first two formatives are completed. The second (SA-2) is conducted after the next two formatives. Each summative carry a 30% weightage and both together carry a 60% weightage.