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Instead of one term-end assessment, practical examinations for Class XI and XII could become a biannual or quarterly process. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is planning to introduce a continuous and comprehensive evaluation (CCE) schedule, where in the year end practical examination will be divided into periodic assessment, periods with each evaluation accounted for when the final marks are given. A group led by CBSE consultant, R P Sharma is working out the modalities to implement the CCE system as the Board is likely to introduce this system for Class XI from the 2012-13 academic session and in class XII from 2013-14. As of now practical exams comprise of 30 marks and are decided at a single term-end exam. The plan is to make the exercise periodic and evaluate students probably on a quarterly basis.
“The CCE is a means to record how much students have learnt in their practicals on a continuous basis. This is primarily to focus on the importance of practical exams, which are not taken seriously by students during the whole year”, said Sharma. Students will have to identify various topics and complete research or project work which will be evaluated during the assessment period just like any other term-end exam. Apart from school teachers, an external teacher from the CBSE will monitor the process. According to CBSE officials, the Board decided to implement the CCE process for practical’s following feedback it received which alleged that students don’t actually learn anything during practical’s and schools simply dole out marks at the end of the year. “The problem with term-end practical exams is that students focus only on the theory part of the exam while ignoring the practical’s”, said a CBSE official.
Courtesy: Times of India
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