The Central Advisory Board on Education on Monday supported the CBSE move to do away with board exam in Class X and replace it with a grading system in order to reduce unhealthy competition and stress among students.
But how will grading be done and on what parametres?
Replacing the exam is a system of continuous and comprehensive evaluation (CCS), which will challenge the rote learning that both students and teachers are used to.
The CBSE will give each student a yellow card that will contain comprehensive data about the child’s progress in academics, scholastic and co-scholastic activities.
“The yellow card will be a record book and will grade a student’s performance,” a senior official at CBSE, not wanting to be quoted, said.
In academics, students will be graded beyond their capacity to answer test questions correctly.
In English, for instance, a student will be graded through observation (diction, fluency, content knowledge, and sensitivity towards environment etc).
In Math, the teacher will see if a student is able to utilise the concept practically rather than just mugging up a formula and solving a problem.
However, given the large number of students and huge size of classrooms in many schools affiliated to the CBSE, there are questions on whether teachers will be upto the task.
The CBSE has 10,000 schools affiliated to it and 8.24 lakh students took the Class X board exam in 2009.
“The process of continuous evaluation of students is in-depth and teachers will have their task cut out. But we will provide training to teachers, students and parents,” the official said.
Teachers will also have to a look at how a child performs in scholastic areas such as art education, physical and health education. Students will also be graded on skills such as thinking ability and emotional skills, attitude towards teachers and schoolmates and understanding of values.