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School report cards make the grade

mumbai Updated: Jan 16, 2011 00:59 IST
Bhavya Dore

At Pragnya Bodhini School in Goregaon, primary schoolteachers will be busy doing what they normally supervise students doing — colouring in diagrams, filling in charts and shading graphs.

The school has designed a funky new report card for its primary school students that will reflect grades in more than the usual dichromatic black-and-white rows and columns for subjects and grades. Instead, grades will be plotted along bar graphs and non-academic qualities such as personality and demeanour will be shaded in on a pie chart like diagram.

"We wanted to try something new so we thought of making it more colourful, more appealing to the eye," said principal Seema Shaikh. “When some things are presented graphically it becomes easier to read and simpler to understand.”

Comic fonts, lines of all hues and a profusion of colourful boxes mark out the new set of report cards that will be rolled out to primary school (kindergarten to Class 4) students next week.

Since the state board introduced continuous comprehensive evaluation for students last August, schools have been asked to grade students on both academic and extra-curricular parameters on a year-long basis.

While the same parameters for grading are very much in place in Pragnya Bodhini'’s report-card-with-a-twist, the jazzing up has lent an innovative charm to a usually staid exercise.

“We can't change the content, so we haven't done anything different, we have just done the same things differently,” said Bharti Iyer, the primary school-in-charge at the school, who helped design the report cards.

The new report cards also have an additional section of information on the Right To Education Act, also depicted in colourful graphics for parents to understand the basics of the new legislation.