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Kids getting guinea pig treatment: Parents

Aakriti Vasudeva reports.

delhi Updated: Jun 10, 2013 00:33 IST
Aakriti Vasudeva

Parents of Delhi University hopefuls are apprehensive about their children’s futures, saying the kids have been treated like guinea pigs for all the educational experiments by the Central Board of Secondary Education’s (CBSE) continuous and comprehensive evaluation (CCE) to DU’s four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP).

The outgoing Class 12 students are the first batch to have passed out of the CCE system, put in place by the CBSE in 2010 to reduce the pressures of examinations on students and provide holistic education. However, many teachers and experts have faulted the system for a decline in educational quality and complacency among students because of lenient grading.

Since these students will also be the first batch of the FYUP, parents are now worried that their crucial years of education may be affected by too many changes.

“I am a tutor myself and I have seen the gradual decline in the quality of students due to CCE. Somewhere there has been a failure in the system since children have forgotten the basics,” said Bindu Singha, mother of a DU applicant.

“The FYUP curriculum seems wonderful and job-oriented but the question is how far it will be implemented. I hope FYUP does not go the CCE way,” she said.

Others worry that teething problems of a new programme may come in the way. “I’m a bit sceptical because my daughter has spoken to current students from some of the best colleges of DU and been told that the administration does not have enough information or clarity over implementation of the FYUP,” said Sarita Rao, a parent.

Educationists feel the anxiety that has gripped parents over DU’s new programme may be because of the heated debate and controversy around it.

“DU’s planning and homework have not sent a message of confidence to these students who are stepping from the protective environments of schools to the open liberal environment of DU. So, this might be causing apprehension among parents even though overall idea of the new programme may be good,” said Ashok Pandey, principal, Ahlcon International School, Mayur Vihar.