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Mixed response for proficiency test of CBSE

The CBSE’s optional proficiency test for students of Class X has found few takers with students and teachers complaining that the exams defeat the purpose of the Continuous

Written by Dipankar Ghose | New Delhi |
July 7, 2011 1:47:50 am

The CBSE’s optional proficiency test for students of Class X has found few takers with students and teachers complaining that the exams defeat the purpose of the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) system that has been put in place. The proficiency tests,which began on Monday and will end on Friday,are based on syllabus from Class IX and X and has objective questions with multiple choice answers.

The subjects tested are English,Social Science,Science,Mathematics and Hindi. Students appearing will get a CBSE certificate with a percentile mark,but the certificate will not be taken into consideration for admissions in colleges at a later stage.

“The CBSE made a bold move by removing the boards and introducing a grade system based on CCE. But the purpose behind these proficiency tests seems to be only to appease those parents who want to put their children through academic rigour,” said Ameeta Wattal,principal of Springdales School,Pusa Road. The CCE is a system which also takes into consideration a students participation in extra curricular and other activities in their assessment. “On the one hand,the grade is inclusive of their prowess at non-academic activities,but if they don’t do well at these tests,their self esteem will be brought down again,” she said.

D K Bedi,principal of Apeejay School said,“Students don’t feel the need to take the tests as these will not be counted later in their evaluations at the time of getting into colleges.”

Questions are also being asked about the timing of these exams,including by the parents of students who are taking the test. Shalini Kumar,whose son was giving the exam said,“It would have been better if the tests were at the time of the boards. Because by now schools in the city have already decided the streams for students. Otherwise I would have made him take all the tests to see what he was good at.”

Shalini’s son Sahil said,“These exams are not entirely useless. We will still have to be competitive in Class XII,so it is good to see where I stand. The fact that the exam results are in percentile form helps to show a comparitive result.”

CBSE officials were unavailable for comment.

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