The Central Board of Secondary Education is all set to roll out the grading system and do away with the conventional method of evaluation.
Though, CBSE is formulating a detailed plan for this, teachers and parents are apprehensive of the implementation of the decision that is hanging fire since last many years.
Students and teachers are desperately awaiting the implementation of the grading system. A source in CBSE regional office revealed that they have been asked to submit a proposal in this regard, to clarify certain issues, including how grading should actually be done.
Those securing over 90% marks would get A grade indicating their outstanding performance in the test. Further grades would be A1, B, B1, C, C1, D, D1 and E. And students would be awarded grades at par with their scores. The new grading system may be something like that.
As per sources, the CBSE has prepared the format of an aptitude exam which schools can use to test Class X students on their level of understanding in each subject. The emphasis, however, will be on continuous and comprehensive evaluation (CCE) through the year instead of a single public exam at the end of Class X.
CBSE had prepared a detailed blueprint for the changes and all their concerns were adequately addressed in it. ‘‘We, at CBSE, have decided to go the CCE way soon, as it won’t be a huge problem implementing it since the methodology of teaching we practice at Class X is same in Class VI and VII. So, if we introduce CCE at Class IX and X, it too will have the trickle-down effect,’’ said Joshi.
On the issue of creating two categories of students, one who took the Class X boards and another who didn’t, Joshi said: ‘‘First of all, it is to provide flexibility to students and de-stress the education system. But at any point of time if a student wants to test himself, he/she can go for the ‘online on demand assessment test’. The test is equivalent to that of the Class X board exam and thus if a student need any certification, that test would suffice.’’ Moreover, CBSE is also preparing an aptitude test that students can take to test their understanding of the study done during Class X days.
Meanwhile, in order to ensure credible internal evaluation, all new schools need to be accredited by an agency for three year before CBSE affiliates them. The existing affiliated schools also need to be accredited within three years.