CBSE made a new announcement under which it mandated the class 6 to 9 students to attend the Independence and Republic Day celebration in order to get the grades.
A teacher in conversation with HT said "this announcement is part of the new uniform assessment pattern which requires schools to assess students on their sincerity, attitude towards society, nation and other factors, which are hard to quantify. According to the new system, discipline has been separated from scholastic activities and will be graded separately."
The grading system
The grades will be given to students on three point basis with 'A' equal to 'outstanding', 'B' equal to 'very good' and 'C qualifying as fair.' However, this new move of CBSE has left many teachers and principals of many schools puzzled.
"How can you judge anybody on sincerity?" asked Deepshikha Srivastava, the principal of Rajhans Vidyalaya in Andheri.
"The best we can do is to ask the teachers to make a note in the calendar if the child behaves in an extremely anti-social manner," she added.
Under this new announcement each school is supposed to come with its own mechanism to judge but this will become a hindrance in the process of standardization, said a principal.
"Every school will do it differently. Some might mark students for attending national days, while others on their interactions with other kids," said Avnita Bir, principal of RN Podar School in Santacruz.
"Under the CCE scheme, children used to love coming to school as we conduct several activities to make learning fun," said Raj Aloni, principal, Ram Sheth Thakur Public School in Kharghar. He added, "The formative assessments were fun and the focus was on all-round development."