This is a one-of-a-kind programme the place the Prime Minister of a nation connects straight with college students to grasp their views on the present examination system. Through this initiative, the Prime Minister has urged everybody to view exams in the precise perspective, moderately than making it a life-and-death situation punctuated by stress and strain.
To help this imaginative and prescient of making examinations much less worrying, CBSE is taking a number of measures to remodel assessments and concentrate on college students reaching success by way of studying outcomes moderately than rote memorization.
Students taking the CBSE board exams can now seem in rating-enchancment examinations in the identical 12 months. This facility can be offered in 2021 for one topic and can be expanded to more than one within the 2022 board examinations.
Conducting an enchancment exam together with the compartment exam in the identical 12 months can even assist in saving the tutorial 12 months of the scholar.
CBSE has additionally launched exams in arithmetic at school X at two ranges — primary and normal — to cater to the necessities of learners at completely different aptitude ranges. This will scale back the examination stress, permitting college students to be taught at their very own tempo.
The focus of instructing-studying and evaluation could be shifted from content material-understanding to idea-understanding and information. Board examinations could be reworked, over a interval of time, to include competency-based mostly evaluation. The intention is to shift in direction of ‘criterion referenced testing’ from the current ‘norm referenced testing’.
Curriculum, pedagogical processes and assessments can even be modified to realize the specified studying outcomes. These studying outcomes can be measurable and can convey accountability to all stakeholders within the training system. This will assist our studying and evaluation system to transition from content material-mastery to competency-mastery.
Since 2020, board exams have included competency-based mostly questions. Such questions can be elevated by 10% yearly in order that these questions get a weightage of 50-60% by 2025.
This will assist college students acquire employability abilities and turn out to be more properly-rounded residents. Increased concentrate on competency-based mostly studying will assist college students acquire numerous twenty first century abilities along with cognitive abilities, leading to higher general efficiency of college students.
To assist make this transition in direction of competency-based mostly studying, the board is at the moment engaged on delineating competencies in opposition to studying outcomes, finalizing evaluation framework in opposition to these, creating topic sensible take a look at blueprints and tips for merchandise growth for grades X and XII.
There can be a full shift in utilizing assessments to evaluate not solely the cognitive ranges of the learner but in addition to determine the distinctive strengths and the potential of the kid. This will complement the transition from rote memorization to competency-based mostly studying.
A Holistic Progress Card (HPC) is envisaged to offer college students with info on their strengths, areas of curiosity and areas of focus, thereby serving to them in making optimum profession selections. Incorporating HPC can be carried out in a phased method with learnings from every stage, feeding into additional developments to mitigate preliminary resistance. HPC can be initially piloted for the foundational lessons and carried out in greater lessons thereafter. HPC can even be stored in thoughts whereas finalizing the evaluation framework. Training can be performed throughout the nation to allow college students, lecturers and oldsters to grasp the philosophy and follow of HPC.
Conducting the board examination throughout a pandemic is and can stay a problem. But the board, working along with principals, lecturers, mother and father and college students will guarantee observance of protocols and is dedicated to offer a protected and conducive atmosphere for exams.
Through these interventions, CBSE goals to create a stress-free environment for kids. Structured implementation of these interventions can even enhance standardization, credibility and transparency of the board exams.
(The creator is chairman, CBSE)