HYDERABAD: ‘All a-board’ seems to be the motto followed by parents and teachers in the city as they prefer national board examination to the system of Continuous and Compr ehen s i v e Evaluation (CCE) of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).
The CCE allows students in 10th standard to opt for school-based examination instead of the external board examinations.
However, a large section of parents and teachers believe appearing for the national board examination is better for a student.
And sadly, the students do not seem to be left with any choice but to follow their diktat.
Reason cited by parents and teachers alike for forcing the children to take the board exam is that it will equip them to face competitive examinations in the future.
“In our school there is no provision for assessment through school-based examination.
When CCE was introduced for 2010-11, we conducted a meeting with parents and they insisted on preparing children for the board examination.
The argument in favour of the decision is that most of the students opt to join the state board for pursuing intermediate education.
Appearing for the boards makes the transition easier,” explains P Sandhya, teacher at Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Begumpet.
The students, who wish to join a different board of education after completion of 10th standard, are required to appear for the national level board examination conducted by the CBSE.
The expectations of parents are reflected on the choice made by the students.
“As most of my classmates will be part of the intermediate syllabus for our plustwo, the board examination is a preparation for writing IIT and EAMCET,” says G Madhuri of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, who admits that no one from her school opted for the school-based examination.
The CCE system requires monitoring of academic and extra-curricular performance of students throughout the academic year, graded through projects and tests.
“This year, the number of students appearing for the boards and those for internal assessment examination are equal, as compared to a large number of students appearing for board examination last year.
Also, the school-based examinations help weaker students score better and we counsel parents of slowlearners to let their wards appear for the internal assessment examination,” says N Ch Sreerangacharyulu, Mathematics teacher at Kendriya Vidyalaya Number 2,Uppal.
It is obvious that students of government schools have some choice but that's not the case with students of private schools