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education Updated: May 26, 2010 09:30 IST
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Ashima Sharma, TGT, coordinator for economics for Class X School: DPS, RK Puram

Now students enjoy their activities more
After the implementation of the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation system, how has the classroom changed this year?
One thing which is different now is discipline in class. Earlier, Class X students used to take internal assessment for grant. Our assessment of their performance didn’t matter to Class X Board students. The children thought that the teacher will give them good scores. They were not very regular with homework. Very few students submitted homework. Now, classwork and homework carry five marks and activities 10 marks. After I announced it in Class X, the next day I got 40 more notebooks than what I used to get earlier.

What’s your students’ response to CCE been?
Initially I observed that students enjoyed the activities. Their comprehension and understanding is better when they do something rather than just read it or listen to the teacher. I made them calculate the body mass index (BMI) of people from different economic strata. Previously, when the students used to be taught how the BMI is calculated, they would understand it but superficially.

Amita Gupta, PGT in biology (also teaches class IX) School: The Air Force School, Subroto Park, Delhi Cantt

The general response is encouraging
After the implementation of the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation system, how has the classroom changed this year?
Academics are no more a stress now. These include a number of activities besides conventional teaching. The repetitive routine teaching and learning has been replaced by more lively, interactive learning sessions. Extra-curricular activities have become fun as it has become a must for each and every student. The introvert and shy students of the class have also started taking initiative.

What has your students’ response to CCE been?
The general response is quite encouraging. The grading system has unburdened the students of performance pressure in studies. Students are enjoying the activities of their interest. However, students focussed only on academics are finding it difficult to cope with so many extra activities along with their studies.

Most of the questions from students are about the relevance of activities and projects to their career or goals.

Sasmita Satpathy, TGT in history (environment and consumer rights) School: DPS, Mathura Road

Even reticent students are now opening up

After the implementation of the CCE system, how has the classroom changed this year in terms of both academics and extra-curricular activities?
In our school, before the introduction of the CCE system, we did macro, micro and peer teaching. Now it’s mandatory. In the beginning there was surprise as to how to do it within fixed syllabi. There were some hiccups at the start but things are falling into place. The CCE presents an opportunity for the back-benchers and disinterested students. We can identify and promote what they are good at.

They should make the system flexible — reduce the syllabi by 20 to 25 per cent. Maybe, keep two activities per subject for every three months. How many projects can students do?
In our school, we coordinate among different departments. It can be managed. We can change our schedule. Once one of our classes had a heavy activity — a debate coming up for English, then I gave them a lighter one — a discussion on main news headlines from the last week.
In the report card, we have asked to use positive words to try to help the child improve.

What has your students’ response to CCE been?
Initially, they were reluctant and confused. After one-two activities, they took interest. This gives them an opening. The reticent ones are opening up because CCE activities are compulsory.

Students had questions like, what will the use of the CCE grades be?
We have asked the CBSE for clarification.

Mary George, Senior social science teacher School: Modern School, Vasant Vihar

Many shy children are coming forward
After the implementation of the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) system, how has the classroom changed this year in terms of both academics and extra-curricular activities?
The ‘Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation’ system, introduced by the CBSE last year, has enabled the students to understand and focus on their learning gaps and learn through formative assessments. Thinking skills have now become the subject of focus and students are now moving beyond rote learning, so that they can be rational, analyse processes and evaluate information.

I see many students especially those who were earlier very timid and shy, opening up and coming forward to give their names for class activities, in academics and extra-curricular activities. More children are now participating in inter- and intra-school activities.

What has your students’ response to CCE been?
Since I teach social science in Class X too, the frequently asked questions are, “Why has the Board examination been scrapped?” “Why is 91 to 100%, A1?” and “How will students be admitted to Class XI with the grading system in action?” Regular counselling has been help for the students

Shipra Sarcar, Principal School: Air Force Golden Jubilee Institute

CCE will make you do better
Dear Students,
I’m sure, by now, you all know that CCE is a system of evaluation where you do not feel the pressure caused by an examination based primarily on rote memory. Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation gives you a platform where every aspect of work done by you gets evaluated, assessing not only the final product, but your efforts in bringing out the final product. For example, if you are preparing a project, building up your team, the team-spirit involved, the research, designing, its relevance to the topic and the learning outcomes, all these matter.

You should understand that even your preparation and work are being assessed. The weightage is not only on the final work submitted. Some of us feel that CCE means no failures since there is no board exam at the end of Class X.

CCE gives you the opportunity to study and at the same time pursue your interests. You need not give up your music, dance, sports etc because of board exams. At the same time, you are also given due recognition for the type of person you are. Your life skills, thinking, social and emotional skills, which help to prepare you for a lifetime, is carved out in that you can correct yourself as you grow. Your creative and scientific skills are highlighted so that you feel encouraged to perform even better.

Dear students, the main target of CCE is to help diagnose your strengths and weaknesses and take remedial action. You can be good in different ways not necessarily only in your academic subjects. So often we come across high-scoring students who do not know their subjects so well because their score is only due to rote memorisation with no understanding. CCE will help to make study more exciting and interesting.