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. By way of this initiative, the Prime Minister has urged everybody to view exams in the suitable perspective, somewhat than making it a life-and-death state of affairs punctuated by stress and strain.
To help this imaginative and prescient of creating examinations much less worrying, CBSE is taking a number of measures to rework assessments and give attention to college students attaining success by 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 will probably be offered in 2021 for one topic and will probably be expanded to multiple 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 at school X at two ranges — primary and customary — to cater to the necessities of learners at totally different aptitude ranges. This may cut back the examination stress, permitting college students to study at their very own tempo.
The main focus of teaching-learning and evaluation can be shifted from content-understanding to concept-understanding and information. Board examinations can be reworked, over a time period, to include competency-based evaluation. The goal 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 realize the specified studying outcomes. These studying outcomes will probably be measurable and can convey accountability to all stakeholders within the schooling system. This may 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 will probably be elevated by 10% yearly in order that these questions get a weightage of 50-60% by 2025.
This may assist college students achieve employability expertise and change into extra well-rounded residents. Elevated give attention to competency-based studying will assist college students achieve varied 21st century expertise along with cognitive expertise, leading to higher total efficiency of scholars.
To assist make this transition in the direction of competency-based studying, the board is at the moment engaged on delineating competencies towards studying outcomes, finalizing evaluation framework towards these, creating topic smart check blueprints and tips for merchandise improvement for grades X and XII.
There will probably be a whole shift in utilizing assessments to guage not solely the cognitive ranges of the learner but in addition to determine the distinctive strengths and the potential of the kid. This may complement the transition from rote memorization to competency-based 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 will probably be carried out in a phased method with learnings from every stage, feeding into additional developments to mitigate preliminary resistance. HPC will probably be initially piloted for the foundational courses and carried out in greater courses thereafter. HPC may even be stored in thoughts whereas finalizing the evaluation framework. Coaching will probably be performed throughout the nation to allow college students, lecturers and fogeys to grasp the philosophy and follow of HPC.
Conducting the board examination throughout a pandemic is and can stay a problem. However the board, working along with principals, lecturers, dad and mom and college students will guarantee observance of protocols and is dedicated to offer a protected and conducive atmosphere for exams.
By way of these interventions, CBSE goals to create a stress-free environment for children. Structured implementation of those interventions may even improve standardization, credibility and transparency of the board exams.
(The writer is chairman, CBSE)