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CBSE to train teachers for new grade system

delhi Updated: Sep 09, 2009 01:11 IST
Ritika Chopra
Ritika Chopra
Hindustan Times
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After the grand announcement of replacing the Class X Board marks system with grades, it’s now time for the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to implement the new evaluation system.

To begin with, the focus is on teachers.

The Board is set to roll out a series of intensive workshops to train teachers across the country in newer methods of assessing students.

The workshops will begin by the end of this month and wrapped up by November end.

“We are planning to invite three teachers, including the principal, from each school for a one-day workshop of about six hours,” said Vineet Joshi, chairnman, CBSE.

“These teachers will then be the master trainers and responsible for disseminating all that has been learnt to the rest back in their respective schools.”

HRD Minister Kapil Sibal, on Monday, had unveiled the new grading system that will be in place for the Class X examination next year.

As per the Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) system introduced at Class IX and X, students will be under the lens all year long, assessed on day-to-day work.

“CCE is not entirely a new idea as several schools have implemented it up to class VIII. However, there is a need to familiarise teachers with this system all over again as the evaluation will now be or exhaustive and intensive,” said Ameeta Wattal, principal, Springdales School, Pusa Road.

It is to address such concerns that the workshops have been thought of, said Joshi.

“There are a number of methods through which a child could be assessed. Research-based projects, practical work, quizzes are just some,” he added.

However, according to the Board, it’s not just teachers who require training.

Parents, too, will be roped in to ensure effective implementation of CBSE’s grand plans.

“There will be sessions for parents, too, during which we will generate awareness about the new system. It’s only when parents demand CCE, that schools will be forced to implement it earnestly,” said Joshi.