Students who would get into their tenth standard in the next academic year (2014-15) has a reason to cheer, if the sweeping changes in examination pattern contemplated by the SSC Board sees light of the day.
According to highly placed sources in the Board, the one single annual board exam would be replaced by Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation(CCE) system that grades students based on overall performance for an entire year. Further, the number of topics in each subject will come down.
CCE is a sophisticated model of evaluation which has two aspects: summative and formative assessments.
If implemented in the state, of the total marks about 20 per cent of marks would be awarded by the schools themselves based on student’s year-round performance that include - student’s participation in class, assignments and extra curricular activities. On the contrary, the 80 per cent of the marks will be based on a final exam conducted by the Board.
It is learnt that a preliminary discussion in this regard was held among senior education officials in the state school education department, State Council for Education Research and Training(SCERT), district education officers and NGOs that have been working for the reform in the education system in January.
It is only that modalities to implement these far-reaching changes are being worked out as the tenth standard textbooks for upcoming academic year have been totally changed to facilitate these changes after a period of 16 years.
“Discussions were held among various stakeholders in school education department in January and have agreed to implement these wide-ranging changes to stop rote-learning among students. However, another meeting slated to be held in final week of February will provide us concrete information and modalities,” an official in SCERT informed on the condition of anonymity.