NEW DELHI: The system of Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) followed in CBSE affiliated schools, and making Board exams optional, is being reviewed by CBSE.
R K Chaturvedi, the Chairman of CBSE revealed that all stakeholders were being consulted about the present system. "A majority say that a dual system for the Class X exams is confusing. The exams are linked with CCE, and there again most stakeholders feel redundant elements can be removed," he said. The decision to review it was made in the light of many state governments and schools rooting for making the exam compulsory again.
A number of reforms were also introduced by Mr. Chaturvedi. In order to suggest amendments in affiliation rules and examination bylaws, a committee has been set up. Student-friendly initiatives, such as allowing them to apply for certificates from any regional office, were also on the charts.
Mr. Chaturvedi said, "These (bylaws) have been written long ago. Though there have been amendments from time to time, many things are not very clear. Education is dynamic and needs reform. We have constituted a committee headed by Pavnesh Kumar, former controller of examinations, to do away with the ambiguities. The idea is to give more teeth for punitive action against affiliation violations and also improve the examination system."
There is also a plan to digitise all data related to the 18000 schools under CBSE board.
"Tracking all schools is a big task. We have devised a system for which the schools have to make some mandatory disclosures. Unless the board has all the data, it can't improve its planning. Also, the parents and students need to know about their schools and the facilities," Mr. Chaturvedi said.
He also said, "The bylaws say fees should be commensurate with the facilities offered by schools. The schools will also have to put up such data on their websites."
The affiliation process will also be fast-tracked with an e-affiliation initiative and a separate wing for affiliation and examination.
To avoid errors, the data would be sanitised before going for the final print of certificates. "These certificates are primary documents for everything and therefore the system needs to be sanitized. After schools fill up the forms, these will be sent to parents for checking and signatures," said Mr. Chaturvedi.
The digital locker will allow a student to easily download his or her certificate. Also, certificates submitted to any institution registered with CBSE can be it authenticated online.
All certificates, starting from 2015 onwards are getting digitised and any candidate who wants his or her certificate can get it from any of the regional offices. Previously, these certificates were available only in that particular region from where the board exam was taken.
Candidates will also be able to find information about their examination centres online. They̢ll be able to not only locate a centre on GIS maps in their cell phones but also to view its facilities.