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Creating a level playing field

CBSE notifies uniform system of assessment, examination and report card; re-introduces the retention policy for Std IX students

One of the common complaints against the schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary (CBSE) is that they follow different yardsticks while awarding internal marks and carrying out school level assessment drive. Most of the parents and students allege that these yardsticks differ from one school to another and many times personal issues are considered while awarding marks.


In an initiative aimed at creating a level playing field for all the students irrespective of schools in which they are studying, the CBSE has decided to introduce Uniform System of Assessment, Examination and Report Card for classes VI to IX from ongoing academic year itself. This means, in April/ May 2018, all the students studying in the CBSE schools will get uniform question papers, assessment methodology, mark sheets, documents etc.


A top CBSE officer informed the topindianschools.com that this new scheme will bring the uniformity in the system of assessment and examination for classes IX and X in all the CBSE affiliated schools. To increase the confidence in the students to start preparing for class X board examination when they join the upper primary stage in class VI, the CBSE has decided to implement the uniform system of assessment, examination pattern and the issue of report cards for classes VI to VIII also on the similar pattern. "While keeping in view the provisions of Right to Education (RTE) Act, 2009, the scheme for classes VI to VIII have been designed on Term Assessment basis with a gradual increase in the learning assessment as the students move forward. This would prepare the students to cover the whole syllabus of the academic year and face the challenge of class X Board examination, and would thus, ensure the ‘quality of education," he explained.


Current pattern: According to the teachers and the CBSE board officials, presently board affiliated schools are following various systems of assessment and examination for classes VI to IX and issue different types of report cards to their students. Due to disparities in the system, the students of classes VI to IX face several problems whenever they migrate to another school. With the family of CBSE affiliated schools growing from 309 schools in 1962 to 18,688 at present, it has become imperative to have a uniform system of assessment, examination pattern and report cards for classes VI to IX for ease of students and other stakeholders. This will not only ensure the easy migration of students within the family of CBSE affiliated schools but also ease their difficulties while seeking admission to new schools. "Keeping these issues in mind, after a thoroughly studying the issue and its impact, we have decided to introduce the new system," he explained.


Another highlight of the new decision is re-introduction of the retention policy. According to the revised guidelines, a student could be retained at Std IX if he scored less than 32% or grade E. This means he has to repeat the year. "No retention policy was introduced by the CBSE in the year 2009 post implementation of the RTE act 2009. This was one of the major decisions of the UPA II government when Mr. Kapil Sibal was the union MHRD minister. But exactly a decade later, we are doing away with it. Retention policy will be re-introduced at the Std IX level," he concluded.

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