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CBSE should thoroughly review its evaluation system

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) needs to thoroughly review the design and appropriateness of its Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) system, says a impact evaluation report that studied CCE’s effects on various government schools in Haryana. The report also urged the board to review teaching training and implementation of CCE.

CBSE introduced the CCE in 2009 under the Right to Education Act (RTE). It’s primary objective is to help students improve their performance by identifying learning difficulties at regular intervals. In addition, CCE also offers remedial measures for these difficulties.

The CCE was implemented in 500 government primary and upper primary schools across Haryana. The program aimed to quantify the overall impact of CCE and NGO Pratham’s Learning Enhancement Program (LEP) that fetched teachers with the “right tools and space” to reach out to individual students based on their competency level.

“There are a variety of issues that affect the Indian education system – lack of physical, human resources and financial inputs, lack of teacher accountability, inappropriate pedagogy and curriculum, health, knowledge barriers of students and parents,” Shobhini Mukerji, Executive Director, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), South Asia, told IANS, as reported byZee News.

LEP on the other hand mitigates the issue of ‘teaching to the top of the class‘ by allowing for grouping of students by ability level and focusses its attention on first ensuring children attain some basic competencies,” Mukerji added.

Meanwhile, Harini Kannan, senior research manager, J-PAL South Asia, said: “The CCE programme had no significant effect on test scores for students in either primary or upper primary schools. The CCE scheme, in its current form, needs a thorough review in design and appropriateness, as well as in teacher training and implementation.”

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