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Grades for SSC students

Students in SSC schools will have to brace for grades and year long assessment systems much like the ICSE and CBSE boards this year onwards.

mumbai Updated: Aug 17, 2010 00:49 IST
Bhavya Dore
Bhavya Dore
Hindustan Times

Students in SSC schools will have to brace for grades and year long assessment systems much like the ICSE and CBSE boards this year onwards.

The draft of the government resolution (GR) detailing these changes (a copy of which is with Hindustan Times) was finally ready on Monday to be officially announced.

These changes will be implemented between Class 1 and 8 and the GR will be issued anytime.

In the new system, the kind of questions asked will stimulate the creativity, curiosity and multiple intelligence of students, says the draft, while “Mechanical answers and rote learning should not be encouraged.”

The new system mentioned in draft the GR repeatedly stresses that education should be stress-free and enjoyable process and that teachers should ensure it stays so.

Some minor final modifications were being done by the officials on Monday.

“This is why the government resolution was not out today, but it will be soon,” said a senior education official.

According to the details in the draft, marks ranging from 91 to 100 will be given an A1, from 81 to 90 A2 and students who get ‘D’ or below should be given individual help till they are able to reach the C2 level at least.

Students at SSC schools will now be assessed on the basis of formative (year-long) and summative (term-ending) evaluations instead of just through year-ending exams while teachers will have to evaluate students through at least five of the following: day-to-day observations: oral work (skits, conversations, question-answer sessions), practical experiments, projects, open book tests and written work.

While for Classes 1 and 2, assessment pattern between the formative: summative will be 70:30, for Classes 3 and 4, it will be 60:40, for Classes 5 and 6 it will be 50:50 and for classes 7 and 8 it will be 40:60.

The summative assessments will be done on the basis of 20 per cent objective questions, 60 per cent short answers and 20 per cent long answers for classes five to eight.

For Classes 1 to 4 these will only be based on objective and short answer questions.

The new evaluation pattern seeks to reflect the clauses in the Right To Education Act 2010 that came into force on April 1 this year.

First Published: Aug 17, 2010 00:48 IST