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Now, a self-review tool for CBSE schools

mumbai Updated: Nov 08, 2014 21:14 IST
Puja Pednekar
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Parents will soon be able to monitor their children’s academic performance and where their school stands vis-a-vis other schools at the click of a button. For the first time, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has introduced a self-review tool, Saransh, for its affiliated schools that will allow them to gauge their performance and compare it to schools from across the country.

Through Saransh, schools will get a comprehensive analysis of the scholastic and co-scholastic performance of its students and teachers.

Schools will be rated on the performance of the students from classes 9 to 12 in the continuous and comprehensive evaluation (CCE) and problem solving assessments (PSA). A comprehensive picture of Class 10 performance since 2007 and of Class 12 since 2009 to the latest academic session can also be drawn.

“This method will give us a reality check of our strengths and weaknesses,” said Rakesh Joshi, principal, Apeejay School, Nerul. "But care needs to be taken that the data schools upload is authentic.”

Initially, only the school authorities and teachers will be given access to the facility. But CBSE officials said it would soon be extended to the parents.

“We want to enable parents to view the facility as well so that they can be actively involved in their children’s learning. The ratings could be a benchmark for parents while selecting schools,” said a senior official from the CBSE.

Parents said access to such a facility will be useful in keeping track of their child’s progress. “Usually we only find out about our child’s performance through results, but this system will help us understand their overall performance,” said Sonal Mishra, a parent from Santacruz.

However, some of the city schools are apprehensive that the system could lead to unhealthy competition among schools and students. “It is a good idea but I am worried that it could compromise the marking system of schools,” said Deepshikha Srivastava, principal, Rajhans Vidyalaya, Andheri.

How will Saransh help

* It will equip schools to gauge the performance of their students and teachers and take necessary steps for improvement

* Schools and parents will be able to look at their aggregate performance in scholastic and co-scholastic areas. It will also provide performance record of each student

* All the performance metrics will be presented through numbers, charts and graphs for easy understanding

* It will help to compare performances of all CBSE schools across the country.