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Grade system till Class V to be in place from new session

The UT education department is all set to implement the much-awaited grading system,an initiative of the Central Board of Secondary Education,for classes up to V in both government and private schools.

The UT education department is all set to implement the much-awaited grading system,an initiative of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE),for classes up to V in both government and private schools.

The department will issue a notification on this to all schools before the beginning of the new academic session and plans to initiate action against ones not following it. The action may range from a penalty to the withdrawal of recognition.

Once implemented,the decision will rid primary classes of the pass or fail system. The CBSE had announced the initiative around two years ago.

Talking to Newsline,Home and Education Secretary Ram Nivas said: “It is a significant decision and I wonder why the schools haven’t implemented it in the last two years. A notification will be sent to schools once we work out the modalities. We are certain to adopt this system in the new academic session.”

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While Delhi has already implemented the decision,schools in Chandigarh had been unable to take a final call on it.

Rubbishing the claims made by the schools in the past that students would no longer be competitive once the grade system is in place,Ram Niwas added: “It is up to the teachers to incorporate a sense of competition among students. Rather,students will feel less burdened with this system and have more time for other activities,which are equally important for their development.”

The idea has been welcomed by parents who consider it a reform that should have been implemented long ago.

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“Grade system is the need of the hour. I am so surprised to see the way children are burdened these days,” said Abhiruchi,whose son is a Class IV student of St John’s School.

Experts,too,believe it to be an excellent step. Dr Adarsh Kohli,Additional Professor,Department of Psychiatry,PGI,said: “I am in complete favour of the grade system. For students up to Class V,marks are hardly significant. Our evaluation system is full of bias. For such small children,developing complex of any kind — inferiority or superiority — is not right. I believe the system should be adopted as soon as possible.”

First published on: 01-07-2009 at 05:44:11 am
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