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CBSE workshop for educators on new grading system

Moving a step closer to implementing the new grading system of evaluation in schools across the country,the Central Board of School Education...

Written by Maroosha Muzaffar | New Delhi | Published: October 7, 2009 11:50:32 pm

Moving a step closer to implementing the new grading system of evaluation in schools across the country,the Central Board of School Education (CBSE) launched a series of workshops for school principals and teachers today to illustrate the various components of the “Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) scheme”.

In the first phase,around 90 principals and teachers from different states across the country were trained.

“This is just the beginning. The workshop is intended to train principals and teachers,who will then go back to their states and instruct others,” CBSE chairperson Vineet Joshi said. “Training is being imparted to them on how to implement the CCE system in their schools.”

The grading system under the CCE replaces the Class X Board examinations,and will be implemented from the 2009-10 academic session. Children studying in Class IX this year will be graded at the end of the year and will have the option of not sitting for the Class X board exams.

The “master trainers” will then train more teachers and “in the next three months,till December,all 11,000 schools affiliated across the country will start implementing the grading system,said Joshi. The master trainers were given a training manual,CDs and powerpoint presentations to help them with the training process.

The training will begin in more than 1,000 schools across the city from October 13 to 15 and from October 21 to 23. “The workshops are aimed to train the teachers on how to integrate the CCE into the current education system,” Ameeta Mullah Wattal,principal of Springdales School,Pusa Road,said. Wattal was among the instructors in the workshop for master trainers.

CCE makes a holistic assessment of both scholastic and non-scholastic aspects of education. “Students will be evaluated on a nine-point scale,based on their performance in the CCE,” CBSE officials said.

Ashutosh Tripathi,principal of Krishna Public School,Raipur,Chhattisgarh told Newsline,“There are still a lot of doubts about the system. More questions on its working will come up when we go back to our schools and impart the training.” The CBSE is also in touch with the 31 other boards across the country to “develop a core curriculum for science,mathematics and commerce” to standardise education across the country.

New grading system
* CCE comprises grading in two areas: scholastic — academic,work experience,health education,art; non-scholastic— life skills,outdoor activities
* There will be two formative and one summative assessment in a term. Formative assessment includes class work,homework,assignments. Summative assessment will consist of a term-end exam.
* Curriculum and syllabus will be as circulated by the board
* Question papers to be prepared by schools as per CBSE format and only from the question bank on the CBSE website
* The board will offer an online aptitude test (optional) to help students decide their choice of subject in Class XI

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