VELLORE: The education department is all set to introduce the Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation System for Classes 1 to 8 from the academic year 2012-13, ina major reform in school education as recommended by the NCERT and the Right to Education Act, 2009.
The department has organised training sessions in two batches for teachers and headmasters of primary (classes 1 to 5) and middle schools (classes 6 to 8) in all the 22 educational blocks in the district. Around 10,000 teachers were currently undergoing training to understand and implement the CCE system.
Chief educational officer Pon Kumar said the government of Tamil Nadu had taken radical and positive steps towards migrating to child-friendly learning system that reflected a paradigm shift from the teacher-centric to learner-centric pedagogic practice.
He said the goal was to reduce stress on children, make evaluation comprehensive and regular, provide space for the teacher for creative teaching and provide tools for diagnosis and greater skills. The system would be implementable in any type of school, located in rural or urban or tribal areas.
Each term of an academic year (three months) would have Formative Assessment (that happens throughout each term) and Summative Assessments (conducted at the end of every term).
The CCE proposed to award grades on a nine-point scale to avoid competition and to nullify the subjectivity of examiners. Assessment would be recorded thrice a year in a ‘progress card’ that would be carried over throughout the schooling period. While the CCE would first be introduced for Classes 1 to 8 in 2012-13, it would be introduced for Classes 9 and 10 in 2013-14.