July 2012

CCE: The Poser of Student Evaluation

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A problem identified is often a problem solved. However is CCE the right tool for enabling educationists to identify myriad issues in education?

Continous and Comprensive Evaluation (CCE) helps in improving student’s performance by identifying his/her learning difficulties at regular time intervals. It also employs suitable remedial measures for enhancing their learning performance. The CCE system was formulated by Kapil Sibal, Minister of Human Resource Development Government of India. CCE is introduced to decrease the accumulated stress of board exams on the students and to introduce a more uniform and comprehensive pattern in education. The scheme of CCE has inbuilt flexibility for schools to plan their own academic schedules as per specified guidelines on CCE. In CCE system the student’s marks is replaced by grades, which get evaluated through a series of curricular and extra-curricular systems. The aim is to reduce the workload on students and to improve the overall skill and ability of the students by means of evaluation of other activities. Grades are awarded to students based on work experience skills, dexterity, innovation, steadiness, teamwork, public  peaking, behaviour, etc. to evaluate and present an overall measure of the student’s ability. This helps the students, who are not  good in academics to show their talent in other fields such as arts, humanities, sports, music, athletics, etc. This is a new term to assess all round development  of a child, irrespective of individual differences.

Vineet Joshi Chairperson,
The CBSE has introduced a number of reforms in the school  ducation sector. Our focus for the coming decade is on effective implementation of Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation

Marks and Grades
It also has its own demerits. A child with 92 marks will get the same grade, as the child with 100 marks and their talents cannot be recognised by anyone else other than their close ones. Also, with this  system, students find it difficult to study many chapters, because of its so called semester system, which lead to the students being engaged mostly in projects  rather than in actual studying. Although this system might have some drawbacks,  it instils this value that students need to compete with themselves to get a better grade and not with others.

Experts Speak
The assessment has been made easy by splitting up the whole year into two semesters. After completing a semester, a test called ‘Summative Assessment’ is held by CBSE directly (90 marks for class  IX and 90 marks for class X).According to the notified scheme, every aspect of extra-curricular activities like sports, club activities, are given prior importance. Kartikay Saini, Chairperson, The Scottish High International School, says, “According to me it is a fine and effective assessment system which helps the mentors/ instructors to track the performance through regular evaluations. It enables educationists to take immediate corrective measures for the students. We follow continuous assessment such as formative, summative, parent assessment,  peer assessment, self assessment at regular intervals to study the performance  of the students, to help them self evaluate their performance and work an action plans for the same. So according to me every evaluation method helps in  knowing the areas of improvement leading to effective results”.
Vandana Lulla, Principal, Podar International School (IB and CIE), says, “Change is inevitable. As a school, we need to constantly upgrade and update ourselves. If improving the continuous and comprehensive evaluation systems in school benefits students, so be it”.
Mamta Gupta, Principal of Shiksha Bharti School, says, “I welcome CCE and through CCE, I came to know that every child is special. Through CCE I realised that if any student is not good in studies it does not mean that he/she is good for nothing”.
Rajat Gupta, Director, Ramit Technologies  Pvt Ltd, (CCE software solution Provider Company), says, CBSE has to understand the reality & revisit implementation of CCE so as to strike a judicious balance between scholastic and co-scholastic outcomes

“Till now,  our education system was academics oriented, but with the introduction of CCE, students are now evaluated both on scholastic (intellect and brain) and  co-scholastic (heart and hand) attributes. Such kind of system leads to the  change in the attitude, life skills (emotional and social) and confidence level  of our children and helps in their overall personality development. This is very  important for them to survive in today’s competitive world. Some critics say, it is  not apt for the country like India, but if implemented properly, its advantages  completely outweigh its disadvantages”. 
Norina Fernandes, Principal of Smt. Lilavatibai Podar High School, says, “Introduction of CCE has bought about a  sea-change in the classroom. The main aspect of this change is the fact that assessment  has become an integral part of  the teaching-learning process.”
CBSE Chairman Speaks on CCE System
Vineet Joshi, Chairperson, CBSE, says, “The CBSE has introduced a number of reforms in the school education sector. Our focus for the coming decade is on effective implementation of CCE for which the board aims to provide continuous training and engage in discussion with  our teachers to build effective monitoring processes within the system.”
On the Flipside
Teachers are going to play a very important role in the implementation of CCE, which is why a comprehensive plan to upgrade teachers teaching skill through different training is required. Secondly, the introduction of CCE does not advocate less emphasis on academic achievements.  Students will still be required to do well in studies. CCE in no way dilutes  the emphasis on academics. In fact, while the assignments and projects assigned by  teachers have to be interesting, they also have to be challenging for students.  Fernandes says, “The one off area of challenge in this system is dealing with student absenteeism, especially with long sick leaves where the student has missed out on a whole concept”.

Investment required
Rajat Gupta of Ramit Technolgies Pvt Ltd says, “To achieve fair assessment, proper student to teacher ratio is required, Proper training to teachers is a pre-requisite to achieve proper results. In rural areas, CCE can be a burden where even the desired primary objective of basic academic teaching is not properly achieved.” Rajat Gupta goes on to say that the investment required to have the CCE assistive software in education infrastructure can vary from ` 15, 000 to ` 50, 000. To sum up we all know that every new policy is bound to have its own pros and cons – the CCE is too seems to be plagued with as many cons, as it is blessed with pros. In the final reckoning, it is up to the education masters to bring out the best of it and use it wisely!


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