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Teachers are still confused about the new grading system to be adopted by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) schools from next year, reports Joyeeta Ghosh.

delhi Updated: Nov 01, 2009 23:23 IST
Joyeeta Ghosh

Teachers are still confused about the new grading system to be adopted by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) schools from next year.

Many unresolved queries remain even as the first phase of training of public school teachers for Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) was completed on October 23.

While some teachers felt the confusion is characteristic to any change that takes place in a system, others thought the CBSE needs to do much more than just holding workshops.

Underlining the schism between various types of schools R.K. Sharma, principal of Alcon Public School said: “The new system cannot be based on a few elite schools. What will happen to those schools who don’t have the required infrastructure for co-scholastic activities?”

Absence of any guidelines for Class XI admissions, subjectivity in grading co-scholastic areas, what happens if a child fails to get the qualified grade even after three trials and scepticism about the online tests to shift to a different school were some of the other issues raised by Sharma.

Rajni Arora, principal of Ramjas School, Anand Parvat felt the quality of teaching staff has to be improved if this system were to be a success. Arora also said the new system may enhance stress levels among students since every movement of theirs will be judged. She was apprehensive about the students who scored D.

“There is no guideline on how to deal with them. If the child is promoted after getting the qualifying grades, how will they cope with the vast Class XI syllabus? There are no vocational courses for them.”

Annie Koshi, principal of St Mary’s School, said: “People are worried because it’s a new system. The CCE gave us a clear idea about what is proposed but proper implementation will take time. Though the technical details are clear the philosophical shift has to be still understood. Among the queries that has come up are who can take the board exams and when will this take place.”

Addressing the question of subjectivity that might creep in while assessing co-scholastic skills, Bharti Sharma, principal of Amity International School, Saket said: “Each indicator based on which a child has to be graded in co-scholastic skills has a long checklist to reduce any kind of subjectivity that might come up.” But she was worried about coping with the new system as half the session was over.

Vandana Chawla, principal of New Era Public School, felt the new grading system will increase the authority and responsibility of schools. But she was yet to figure out who will set the question papers for Class IX, the CBSE or the schools.