MP adopts CBSE model to end unhealthy competition, suicides

  • Purvi Jain, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Sep 23, 2016 10:37 IST
The changes are aimed at curbing stress-related suicides by students. (Mujeeb Faruqui/HT file)

Madhya Pradesh has introduced the CBSE model of comprehensive and continuous evaluation (CCE) in government and private schools under an education reform aimed at curbing stress-related suicides by students, officials said on Thursday.

More than 45 students have committed suicide this year, most of them attributed to examination stress and failure to perform up to expectations, official data show.

National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) data between 2005-2014 show a more than 240% rise in cases of students’ suicide in the state.

“Children will be able to self-assess their performance after the three-monthly and half-yearly examinations. They will also get a chance to improve their performance in the final examinations,” said SR Mohanty, additional chief secretary in the school education department.

“Evaluation will not only be based on academics but also on co-academic fields and extra-curricular activities like art, music, sports and social activities. The CBSE schools do follow the continuous evaluation pattern which is successful so we are hopeful too.”

The state government issued an order on Wednesday introducing CCE, adopted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) nearly a decade ago.

To help students de-stress, several activities will be held in the first three periods of first Saturday of every month for continuing and holistic assessment of the students’ talents and performance, officials said.

Out of the maximum 100 marks, 80 marks will be based on the students’ performance in educational field and 20 marks in extracurricular activities. Out of the 80 marks, a maximum of 10 will be given in the third-monthly examination, 10 marks in the half-yearly and 60% in the annual examinations.

Also, there will be a ‘best of five’ system against the scores of six subjects in Classes 9 and 10.

Under this system, the highest marks obtained by students in five out of six subjects in Class 9 and Class 10 examinations will be evaluated for result.

Simultaneously, students of class 9 and 10 will be given an option of choosing simple mathematics or advanced mathematics from the academic year 2017-18 and 2018-19.

The students who wish to pursue higher studies in engineering, medical or other science streams can opt for advanced maths while those who would pursue commerce and humanities for higher studies can study simple maths.

Psychologist Vinay Mishra said the reforms will bring every student into the mainstream.

“Consideration of extracurricular activities, and all-year evaluation will bring singers, sportsmen, art lovers at par with those students who are good at academics.”

SCHOOL EDUCATION REFORMS

Highest marks obtained by the students in five subjects out of 6 subjects in Class 9 examination and Class 10 examinations to be evaluated for result

Students of Classes 9 and 10 will be given an option to choose simple mathematics or advanced mathematics from 2017-18 and 2018-19 respectively.

Several activities will be held in the first three periods of first Saturday of every month for continuing and holistic assessment of the students’ talents and performance

Out of every maximum 100 marks 80 marks will be based on the students’ performance in educational field and 20 marks in extracurricular activities

Out of the 80 marks maximum 10 marks will be given in third-monthly examination, 10 marks in half-yearly and 60% in annual examination.

Over 45 students committed suicide this year (till date).

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