The schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) are now contemplating on extending the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) system to Class XI and XII students. The board is also contemplating on extending the optional board exam facilities to these classes.
If everything goes according to the plan, the next question to be answered is the effect of such move at the college level. Would this mean de-linking of board exams for admissions into college? If the CCE is extended to Class XII, the colleges will have to conduct a common test for admissions into professional courses which will be in sync with the school curriculum.
The proposal has received mixed responses with certain schools favouring the plan and some others favouring the extension of CCE only to Class XII. The problem arises in Class XI, as shifting from CCE becomes difficult. Most schools reported, students fail to perform well in Class XI despite having secured high CGPA in Class X. This calls for uniformity in the system.
Other schools suggested that the board should completely rely on the grades to reduce the burden on students in Class XI and XII. On the other hand, NCERT officials expressed that the present CCE exam is not good enough to be evaluated as a school-leaving examination. They also advocated that the emphasis should be laid on increasing the quality of the examinations with focus on encouraging application of knowledge against rote learning.
Addressing the issue, officials from the board suggested that the proposed plan would only work if the CCE system is accepted and followed properly by other boards as well.
Source: Times of India
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