It is a one-of-a-kind programme the place the Prime Minister of a rustic connects instantly with college students to grasp their views on the present examination system. Via this initiative, the Prime Minister has urged everybody to view exams in the correct perspective, somewhat than making it a life-and-death scenario punctuated by stress and stress.
To assist this imaginative and prescient of creating examinations much less worrying, CBSE is taking a number of measures to rework assessments and deal with college students reaching success by way of studying outcomes somewhat than rote memorization.
College students taking the CBSE board exams can now seem in score-improvement examinations in the identical 12 months. This facility shall be supplied in 2021 for one topic and shall be expanded to a couple of within the 2022 board examinations.
Conducting an enchancment examination together with the compartment examination in the identical 12 months may even assist in saving the educational 12 months of the coed.
CBSE has additionally launched exams in arithmetic in school X at two ranges — fundamental and normal — to cater to the necessities of learners at totally different aptitude ranges. This can cut back the examination stress, permitting college students to be taught at their very own tempo.
The main target of teaching-learning and evaluation can be shifted from content-understanding to concept-understanding and information. Board examinations can be remodeled, over a time frame, to include competency-based evaluation. The purpose is to shift in the direction of ‘criterion referenced testing’ from the current ‘norm referenced testing’.
Curriculum, pedagogical processes and assessments may even be modified to attain the specified studying outcomes. These studying outcomes shall be measurable and can carry accountability to all stakeholders within the schooling system. This can assist our studying and evaluation system to transition from content-mastery to competency-mastery.
Since 2020, board exams have included competency-based questions. Such questions shall be elevated by 10% yearly in order that these questions get a weightage of 50-60% by 2025.
This can assist college students acquire employability abilities and develop into extra well-rounded residents. Elevated deal with competency-based studying will assist college students acquire varied 21st century abilities along with cognitive abilities, leading to higher general efficiency of scholars.
To assist make this transition in the direction of competency-based studying, the board is at present engaged on delineating competencies towards studying outcomes, finalizing evaluation framework towards these, creating topic smart check blueprints and pointers for merchandise improvement for grades X and XII.
There shall be a whole shift in utilizing assessments to guage not solely the cognitive ranges of the learner but in addition to establish the distinctive strengths and the potential of the kid. This can complement the transition from rote memorization to competency-based studying.
A Holistic Progress Card (HPC) is envisaged to offer college students with data on their strengths, areas of curiosity and areas of focus, thereby serving to them in making optimum profession decisions. Incorporating HPC shall be carried out in a phased method with learnings from every stage, feeding into additional developments to mitigate preliminary resistance. HPC shall be initially piloted for the foundational lessons and carried out in increased lessons thereafter. HPC may even be saved in thoughts whereas finalizing the evaluation framework. Coaching shall be performed throughout the nation to allow college students, academics and oldsters to grasp the philosophy and observe of HPC.
Conducting the board examination throughout a pandemic is and can stay a problem. However the board, working along with principals, academics, mother and father and college students will guarantee observance of protocols and is dedicated to offer a secure and conducive surroundings for exams.
Via these interventions, CBSE goals to create a stress-free environment for kids. Structured implementation of those interventions may even improve standardization, credibility and transparency of the board exams.
(The writer is chairman, CBSE)