The Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE) class 10 results have fuelled the controversy over the evaluation process. Though the government schools performed better, teachers are critical of the Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) system.The results were declared on Tuesday evening.
Over 98% students passed in the Delhi region overall, increasing the pass percentage by a whopping 9.5% as compared to last year.
The record of government schools, at 99.03%, was better than that of private schools, at 98%. Indicating that Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) has made the process much easier for students, the board saw the highest one year increase in pass percentage ever.
But if teachers are to be believed, the result does not indicate that this batch of students is exceptionally bright or that CCE is a better way of evaluation.
"With the pressure to perform now on teachers, the evaluation procedure in most schools is far from fair. If the result of a class is not very good, the teacher is hauled by authorities. In such a scenario, the teacher gives marks as freely as possible to save his/her skin," said a teacher at a leading south Delhi school on condition of anonymity.
Even as school principals and the education minister were elated because of the good results, many government school teachers lamented that the quality of education had gone down drastically in the past decade.
Under CCE, students' performances are evaluated throughout his school period rather than in one year. The performance of class 9 is also taken into account.
Two assessments of the student's performance, in the form of in-house exams, are done along with the year round assessment through tests, assignments and project work.
The class 10 certificate of the student will, along with grades, also have detailed description about why and how the student got the grade and about his/her other skills.
Education experts also believe that this system is not fool-proof. "Some amount of liberal marking has certainly crept in and it increases the danger of having exaggerated results. But we need to look at pass percentages differently. They are now indicative only of a student having completed 10 years of education," said Shyam B Menon, an education expert, who is now the vice chancellor of Ambedkar University.
According to him, there is a need for an impeccable monitoring and inspection system.
"When the middle class abdicates government schools, the capacity of negotiation in terms of quality disappears. In its absence we need a less punitive but more effective inspection system so that teachers don't feel threatened but do their job well," Menon added.