Even as the State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) is busy preparing a new format and pattern for SSC students up to Class 8, schools are confused as to what to follow for the academic year that has already begun.
“The government has not given any directions, we are still trying to clarify if students will have exams or not,” said Seema Shaikh, principal of Pragnya Bodhini High School in Goregaon.
The proposals under consideration are that schools do away with unit tests for students up to Class 8 and introduce grades and continuous comprehensive evaluation through the academic year. Shaikh, along with five other principals and former principals had gotten together on Thursday to draft a set of suggestions for the government and the municipal corporation.
“We have suggested that the exam should not be the only criteria but there should be project work, worksheets and a system of continuous comprehensive evaluation as well, to evaluate students.”
Many schools conduct their first set of unit tests in the first or second week of July and are confused about the format to be followed as the government has not yet issued an order. “Some schools have already cancelled their unit tests based on rumours that we have been hearing,” said Rohit Bhat, principal of Children’s Academy in Kandivli.
“Even parents have been anxiously contacting us. We have decided to stick with the old format for now and go ahead with the unit tests until we receive a final circular.”
The new evaluation scheme is likely to be issued within the next week. “The SCERT is working on the system and it should come within a week as most schools commence with their unit tests around mid-July,” said Father Francis Swamy, principal of Holy Name School in Andheri.