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Counsellors’ viewpoint

education Updated: May 26, 2010 09:30 IST
Vimal Chander Joshi
Vimal Chander Joshi
Hindustan Times
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At the end of 2010-11 session, on what basis will schools allocate the streams - science, commerce and humanities - to their students? These is one of the questions that many parents are asking career counsellors these days. They also question the impact of CCE (comprehensive and continuous evaluation) on students’ interest level in studies and also about the dilution of academics as an aftermath of CCE.

What will happen, and how will things unfold, are the questions which are haunting parents and students alike.

“Most people don’t know how this will work. All of us are accustomed to the conventional system (of relying on the year-end exam to evaluate the child’s performance) and tend to resist the change,” says Pervin Malhotra, a career counsellor.

One common rant she often gets to hear comes from the parents of brilliant kids who find the new system as a deterrent to their academic excellence. “Now, they don’t find any incentive to excel academically in the new system,” says Malhotra.

However, she supports the idea of the overall development of children. “In sports, kids learn to handle the pressure of victory and defeat. It is useful to learn for everyone,” she adds. “If someone wants to become a good doctor and he also learns to play at the same time, that indulgence won’t make him a doctor with lesser capabilities.”

Almost similar questions are thrown at Gitanjali Kumar, another career counsellor, by the anxious and worried lot of students and parents. “Students think that there would be a lot of project work now and they dread co-scholastic activities outweighing the scholastic activities,” says Kumar.

The fact of the matter is that “the parents know a little about the system and we explain to them the ills of the old system, which have been done away with in the novel method of evaluation. The new system is diagnostic and remedial and it gives students plenty of opportunities to exhibit their skills and talent. The changes spell improvements and so would the CCE system, provided all stakeholders involved in it follow this in letter and spirit,” adds Kumar.

But what about students who are academically inclined and don’t wish to “waste” their time in co-scholastic activities?
“Irrespective of how much hard work we do, we must leave some room to pursue hobbies. These can be considered as stress busters. As adults also we need stress busters. We should never encourage lop-sided development of a child. Moreover, there are so many co-scholastic options to choose from,” explains Kumar.

Though CBSE has answered most of these answers in form of Faqs (frequently asked questions) and put them on their official website, still the doubts and apprehensions refuse to end, says Astha Bajaj, career counsellor, DPS Mathura Road. “They (students) want to know how the subject stream would be allocated to them when there are no Board exams in Class X,” says Bajaj.

There are many parents too who want the evaluation system to instill competitiveness in students, which the earlier system, supposedly, did better.

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