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Marks dead, revolution begins

Pranay Lekhi loves ballet. Considered “feminine” by most of his friends, the Class 10 student of Modern School, Barakhamba Road, shied away from the performance dance initially, reports Joyeeta Ghosh.

delhi Updated: Apr 13, 2010 00:28 IST
Joyeeta Ghosh

Pranay Lekhi loves ballet. Considered “feminine” by most of his friends, the Class 10 student of Modern School, Barakhamba Road, shied away from the performance dance initially.

But with the introduction of the Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) in schools from this academic session, Lekhi has an incentive to pursue his latent desire.

Under the new system, learning ballet will also fetch him grades. “So, now I attend the classes.”

Lekhi scored 96 per cent and stood second in the class when he was promoted from Class 8 to 9. This year, he scored A1 in all the subjects and moved to Class 10. So, he doesn’t have to worry about his marks or his rank anymore.

The grade-based CCE, on the face of it, has thrown competition into the dustbin and rendered the fight over ranks obsolete. The thrust on co-scholastic activities also means academically-bright students will be more keen to participate in extra-curricular activities.

Schools are thus introducing more clubs and new periods.

Mira Model School in Janakpuri, for instance, is starting two new clubs —Heritage and UN Club — this year. Modern School, Barakhamba Road, is introducing a games period in Class 10 for the first time.

For the better

The classrooms too have taken on a new avatar as teaching and learning have become more interactive.

The old way of the teacher teaching and students listening has given way to quiz contests, debates, discussions, group presentations, field trips and seminars.

“Now when we study a play, we enact the parts. It is lots of fun and we also remember our lessons better,” said Sana Thukral, a class 10 student of Springdales School, Pusa Road.

These are the changes the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) sought to bring about when it decided to introduce grading system in class 10.

But with so many activities going on at school, has the stress level reduced for a student?

Delhi Public School, Rohini, has cut down its unit test cycles from four in a year to two.

But students such as Aarti Bala, a Class 10 student of Vidya Bal Bhawan Senior, feel the homeworks have increased. “With so many project works and co-curricular activities, it gets tiring. I hardly get time to sleep.”

Others feel since the CCE was introduced only in September last year so everything was rushed.

Another vital area of concern is the teachers who are expected to impart lessons in newer ways and have to be on their toes all the time.

“CCE demands creativity from the teachers. They have to constantly think of ways to engage the attention of the students,” said Meenakshi Sant, academic coordinator of Mira Model School, Janakpuri.

But as the new wheels of an old education machinery rolls into future, the students are looking forward to the ride.

“It’s going to be much better this year. These complaints are common as we are the guinea pigs you see,” giggled a group of Class 10 students of Springdales School, Pusa Road.