Even as the Central Board of Secondary Education is conducting a survey on whether to carry on with continuous and comprehensive evaluation (CCE) for class X or whether the board exam system be reintroduced, principals in the Tricity remain divided on the issue.
While the majority of the principals believe that the board exams work against the ‘not-so-bright’ students, some school principals believe that the CCE will bring non-seriousness among students. The CCE system was introduced by former education minister Kapil Sibal in 2011.
Some school heads say that the government should either extend the CCE up to class XII or should make board exams mandatory, so that students are used to only one pattern of examination.
Reema Dewan, principal of Delhi Public School, Sector 40, said, “I believe that learning should never be stressful and we need to focus on long-run development of children instead of gearing them up only for scoring good marks. We can make our children all-rounders only by introducing CCE in all the affiliated schools.”
Kavita Das, principal of St John’s School, Sector 26, said, “We would any day prefer CCE, if it gets implemented in the right spirit. CCE is the ideal kind of exam for the students for their wholesome development.”
“The CCE system is better than boards. Boards focus only on textbook learning while the CCE is activity-based and students tend to learn things easily. It works on the child’s personality,” said Sister Nisha, principal of Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Sector 26.
However, principal of the Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16, Anujit Kaur said, “School boards should be reintroduced. Students have become non-serious as they are being examined on the basis of their participation in co-curricular activities. Students who manage to pass class X via CCE find class XI and XII very difficult.”
Jaya Bhardwaj, principal of Hansraj Public School, Sector 6, Panchkula, too, asserts that the boards should become mandatory since several students do not even pass written exam but manage to clear it through CCE grading. “If they are clearing class X without any effort, how will they prepare for class XII boards?” she asked.
Rakesh Sachdeva, principal of DAV School, Sector 15, said, “With the introduction of CCE, children have become more creative. They are enjoying themselves. If board exams are reintroduced, education will be confined to textbooks.”
However, Amarbir Singh Sidhu, principal of Saupin’s School, Sector 32, said, “The school-based exams for class X have been misused. So making the board exams is a better option.”
Jagjit Sekhon, principal of Ajit Karam Singh International Public School, Sector 41, said, “CCE was implemented for the all-round personality of a child but students have taken it lightly. So it is better that board exams are made mandatory.”
Gurnam Kaur Grewal, principal of Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36, said, “CCE is the best means of evaluation for students, provided the teacher is good enough to implement it in the right way. In CCE, students are given several chances to prove themselves unlike in the board exams, where if a student falls ill or could not perform well, he is gone.”
Raj Bala, principal of Government School, Sector 37, said, “Board exams should be implemented so that the students can be serious and there could be fair judgement. With CCE, there remains no difference between students scoring 90 per cent or 99 per cent.”
Majority of students register for boards
Seventy-one per cent of class X students from across the Tricity had registered for board examination instead of school examination this year. Among the 18,000 students from Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali who had appeared for the class X exams this year, as many as 13,000 had registered for board examinations and only 5,000 had appeared for school-based exams. ens