CBSE schools will now be a part of the central board’s “monitoring and mentoring” programme.
This programme will help them implement the continuous and comprehensive evaluation (CCE) scheme for students, said the board’s latest circular.
CCE is one of the reforms that the board had announced last year for assessing students on various activities than just exams. “One of the main aims is to build capacity within the schools to implement CCE effectively,” said the circular.
“Each mentor is a principal who will be assigned three to six schools in the neighbourhood. Mentoring schools are expected to provide a helping hand to schools in their respective areas by sharing the best practices or inviting other schools to their own school.”
Parents and students had expressed concern that schools might not be equipped to implement the system and grading might become subjective.
The board has identified mentoring schools on various criteria. “Schools need to do a lot of work, which is why the board is trying to reach out to schools through different ways,” said Avnita Bir, principal of RN Podar School, Santacruz.
From this year, the board has also instituted a CCE award for schools and a mentor award for principals.