CBSE to award Higher grades to Students for all-round Development!!
Is schooling now getting beyond pure academic lessons? Yes!
Of course, being a bookworm will always earn you higher grades in your school’s annual report card. But, when it comes to the salutary highest grade, you need to show that extra bit of “X-factor” during the Class 9 academic period.
This extra spunk could be in the form of displaying right frame of mind towards in-class activities, positive attitude towards life and higher participation in co-curricular activities in the school apart from other comprehensive evaluation parameters.
In a recent circular, the CBSE has directed schools to award higher subject-wise grades to students in Class IX based on their performance in all formative and summative assessments in scholastic category and co-scholastic areas.
The Board’s address to school principals says that the total grade points earned by any student will be calculated by adding grade points of all co-scholastic areas. The grade obtained in different co-scholastic areas will be converted into grade points.
Students who score between 34 – 42 points in terms of total grade points will be upgraded to the next higher grade in two subjects in scholastic areas. While those who get grade points between 19 and 33, get the next higher grade in one subject in scholastic category.
For the uninitiated, the board had implemented the CCE policy of assessing students of Class IX on a continuous basis, way back in October 2009. It included imparting innovative aptitude skills to the students through self-learning, interactive classroom sessions and emphasizing on co-scholastic areas such as life skills, attitudes and values for personality development.
The new system seeks to do away with the conventional form of education which stressed on importance of testing students in a formal manner and other age-old academic assessment techniques.
The new Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) policy is an integrated assessment strategy which tests scholastic skills as well as objective appraisal of a student’s aptitude, discipline and leadership qualities.
In related news, CBSE is also set to introduce new vocational courses under Hospitality and Tourism sector apart from Geospatial technology, mass-media communication and Food production and Food and beverage services, at senior secondary level.
Isn’t this something that we call as education reform at ground level?
PS.: There is a contradictory view expressed by another Trak.in author who feels that CBSE is hell bent on degrading the education levels in India. So, now you can read both sides of the story and arrive at a conclusion as to whom do you like to confide with?