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HRD Ministry to change assessment in school education by 2022, NCERT to prepare guidelines

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According to HRD Ministry, the National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) will prepare guidelines for transformation in assessment by 2022, considering the current assessment scenario to be ‘harmful.’

The HRD Ministry, all set to come out with the new National Education Policy (NEP), has proposed in the final draft that to eliminate the “high stakes” aspect of board exams. All students will be allowed to appear for board examinations twice a year.

The NCERT, which is set to review the National Curriculum Framework (NCF) after over 14 years, will also develop assessment guidelines in sync with the new framework.

As per the proposed draft, “To reverse the harmful effects of the current assessment system, board exams will encourage holistic development, students will be able to choose many of the subjects in which they take board exams, depending on their individualised interests.”

Disputable for board tests twice a year, the HRD Ministry said, “In this regard, guidelines will be prepared by NCERT, for a transformation in the assessment system by 2022, to align with the NCF 2020.”

The new policy has also recommended formation of a new regulatory body for all recognised school boards of India, for regulating assessment and evaluation norms and standards and for ensuring that the assessment patterns of different boards meet the skill requirements of the 21st century and are in consonance with stated objectives of the policy.

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