Most of the CBSE affiliated schools have started their academic session for 2017, but parents of the children are still trying to come to the terms to new assessment pattern introduced by the CBSE board. The board abolished its continuous and comprehensive evaluation (CCE) patterns and brought the traditional old pattern of assessing the children with paper-pen based tests.
Principals from several schools have confirmed that Uniform system of Assessment and Examination has replaced the CCE assessment pattern for classes 6 to 9.
“According to the new CBSE guidelines, two term exams would still be there but the pen-paper test weight age will become 90 per cent with two term exams of 80 marks each and 20 mark periodic assessment (unit tests) in each term.
The periodic assessment will have 10 mark paper based on syllabus covered till announcement of exam date, five marks for notebook submission and five marks for subject enrichment activities, which include activity-based learning. The shift is now on theoretical learning which was not the strong point of CCE but which the board felt was necessary,” said C V Madhavi, principal of Aundh DAV.
“The school had sent a circular to us explaining the new pattern of assessment. Earlier there used to be two formative assessment tests in each semester and many smaller class assessments and even if my child missed one test, they could make up in another. But according to new system, formative assessment is no longer there. Now the students will write one class test like a unit test in one semester and these dates cannot be missed. There is not much clarity yet on the new pattern but I know one thing, the flexibility is lost,” said Sangita Vaidya, a parent.
Yogita Rampal, parent of a Class 9th student, said bringing in full syllabus would give students practice. “In fact, they should introduce from Std. 8 itself. I didn’t believe in those project works because the children weren’t studying at all. Now at least they would study more,” Yogita said.