Almost three years after the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) was introduced in schools, a survey has found that nearly 80% teachers are not comfortable with the training method, which emphasises on assessing students using practical tests.
The PTA United Forum, a non-profit organisation, conducted the survey among 300 teachers from 30 aided and 30 unaided state board and CBSE schools between October 2011 and February to find out how teachers are coping with the pattern.
The objective of CCE is to evaluate students through the year instead of relying on a single exam. “As a policy, CCE is good. However, there has been a gap in implementation,” said Arundhati Chavan, forum president.
According to the survey, 95% teachers felt CCE would be effective only if the class strength is restricted to 50 students. At present, most SSC schools have more than 65 students to a classroom.
While 75% teachers from aided schools and 83.7% from unaided schools felt grades, instead of marks, would not help students, an equal percentage of teachers from aided schools, and 82% from unaided schools felt CCE would not help develop creativity and imagination. Further, 89 % teachers from aided schools and 87% from unaided schools agreed CCE has increased their workload.
Teachers expressed that the regular tests, not more than 20 marks each, are taken lightly by students. Nearly 78 % teachers in aided schools and 86 % teachers in unaided schools said students are not taking academics seriously.
The study has invited mixed reactions from principals. “With regular class tests, workload and stress of students has reduced. If the teacher is well versed with the pattern, there shouldn’t be a problem,” said Anjana Prakashan, principal, Hansraj Morarji Public School, Andheri
“It is not CCE but the state’s no-fail policy that has made students lazy. They know they’ll pass even with poor grades, so they take it lightly,” said Ophelia Barreto, principal, RN Podar School, Santacruz affiliated to the state board.