Lesson for schools from MU’s mistakes: Go slow, steady with online assessment
The Children’s Academy, Malad (E) started virtual assessment of papers for three subjects--physics, chemistry and biology – for Class 8 this year.mumbai Updated: Sep 27, 2017 10:53 IST
Wary of the ongoing mess in Mumbai university, schools are going slow on the launch of online assessment of answer sheets.
The Children’s Academy, Malad (E) started virtual assessment of papers for three subjects--physics, chemistry and biology – for Class 8 this year. “Doing anything for the first time is bound to lead to errors. We are starting with fewer students in the beginning to make sure the errors are rectifiable,” said Rohan Bhat, principal of the school.
“We ensured everyone understood the software well and trained our teachers too. The process was not smooth sailing. Whenever a problem cropped up, we solved it immediately so the assessment wouldn’t suffer,” he said.
The Rizvi Education Society, Bandra, which runs schools and colleges, made digital revolution their goal for this academic year and introduced a paperless system for admissions and attendance of students. “Our focus is on training all stakeholders -- teachers as well as administrative staff to reduce errors. We will start with a small sample size next year, after which we will expand the scope,” said AH Rizvi, president of the group of schools.
Both the schools took parents and students into confidence before going ahead with the plan. “All parents don’t understand technology well. The school created a platform to explain the concept to parents and students. The fact that only a section of papers were assessed online worked for us,” said Pandian Thevar, parent of a Class 8 student of Children’s Academy.