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Will CCE help my child to choose subjects of his choice in class XI?
With Class X Board examinations made optional, should I still buy more reference books for my child in Mathematics and Science and practice books in English? Should I hire tutors for him?
Different schools follow different academic sessions. Will CCE allow enough flexibility to schools to plan their own academic sessions?
How would CCE help in improvement of student’s performance?
When there are so many co-curricular activities to be done during the year, will the existing syllabus in different subjects be reduced?
The concept of Board being made optional still not clear?
If a teacher has to maintain exhaustive records, how many number of teachers per class are required for this purpose?
There are usually forty students in a section. Will it be possible for a single teacher to assess all the students meaningfully and objectively in a given time frame particularly in co - scholastic areas?
Is it necessary to mention ailments that my child is suffering on the CCE report card?
Is it all right for my child to spend more time on dance, music and doing project work than actually reading his textbooks?
How would CCE help in reducing stress of students?
Does CCE mean frequent tests and assignments?

Will CCE help my child to choose subjects of his choice in class XI?

The CBSE plans to offer an aptitude test for classes IX and X from 2010. The first test will be available by February 2010. By the time a student reaches Class XI, he/she would have undertaken the aptitude test twice once at the end of class IX and then at the end of class X. This together with academic performance and CCE would help students/ parents and teachers to judge students’ level of understanding and aptitude in each subject and help them choose subjects for class XI. The schools have been advised to follow multi pronged approach for assigning subjects. Aptitude test, scholastic performance, co-scholastic achievements, all need to be given weight age. Students of the same school will be given preference over the students coming from any other school for admission in class XI.

With Class X Board examinations made optional, should I still buy more reference books for my child in Mathematics and Science and practice books in English? Should I hire tutors for him?

Making Class X Board Examination optional in no way means dilution of emphasis on Academics. In classes IX and X, the Board has prescribed NCERT/ CBSE textbooks in various subjects. Besides these textbooks, the teachers also give various kinds of assignments to students which require consulting additional materials given in reference books, articles, and internet websites etc. It is suggested to encourage your child to inculcate the habit of self learning with understanding. However, selection of additional learning material has to be done very carefully.

Different schools follow different academic sessions. Will CCE allow enough flexibility to schools to plan their own academic sessions?

The scheme of continuous and comprehensive evaluation has inbuilt flexibility for schools to plan their own academic schedules as per specified guidelines on CCE. However, the schools may have to make slight modifications in existing schedule and procedures.

How would CCE help in improvement of student’s performance?

CCE helps in improving student’s performance by identifying his/her learning difficulties at regular time intervals right from the beginning of the academic session and employing suitable remedial measures for enhancing their learning performance.

When there are so many co-curricular activities to be done during the year, will the existing syllabus in different subjects be reduced?

Not presently or immediately. The matter may be considered after the implementation of the scheme and getting feedback from the system.

The concept of Board being made optional still not clear?

It is suggested to go through the recent circular no. 39 and 40 issued by the Board in this regard. These circulars explain the proposed examination reforms very clearly and include the details of the new scheme and the meaning of making Board’s examination optional. The circulars are also available on CBSE website: http://www.cbse.nic.in.

If a teacher has to maintain exhaustive records, how many number of teachers per class are required for this purpose?

Overall records will be maintained by the class teacher and subject wise records will be maintained by respective subject teachers as per past practice. However, all other teachers will be associated with assessment in scholastic and particularly in co-scholastic areas. A detailed strategy for keeping such records systematically will have to be worked out by individual schools. Some guidelines are given in Teachers’ Manual.

There are usually forty students in a section. Will it be possible for a single teacher to assess all the students meaningfully and objectively in a given time frame particularly in co - scholastic areas?

The Board has developed detailed guidelines for assessment in co scholastic areas. Tools and techniques for assessment in these areas have been included in these guidelines. Besides, the Board is organizing series of training programs in different parts of the country to familiarize teachers in related matters. However schools and teachers themselves also will have to design strategies to meet the emerging challenges. It has been suggested that assessment in co scholastic areas may be done by a team of teachers in order to minimize subjectivity.

Is it necessary to mention ailments that my child is suffering on the CCE report card?

Healthy body is essential for the healthy growth of mind. Hence the schools are expected to get their students examined by qualified doctors twice in a session (July and January). In addition to this general information, physical disabilities and diseases such as defective vision, maintenance of teeth, deafness, long absence due to illness etc. should also be noted. The schools are being advised to bring any major observation to the notice of parents for proper medication and care of the child.

Is it all right for my child to spend more time on dance, music and doing project work than actually reading his textbooks?

Holistic education demands development of all aspects of individual’s personality including cognitive, affective and psychomotor domains. It is unfortunate that not much attention and emphasis is given to the development of interests, hobbies and passions of learners.

Focusing on excellence in academics alone undoubtedly results in lop-sided development of personality. It is thus essential that due importance be given to participation in co-curricular activities like music/ dance, art, dramatics and other areas of one’s interests. This is likely to make life more fulfilling and enjoying.

How would CCE help in reducing stress of students?

CCE helps in reducing stress of students by –

  • Identifying learning progress of students at regular time intervals on small portions of content.
  • Employing a variety of remedial measures of teaching based on learning needs and potential of different students.
  • Desisting from using negative comments on the learner’s performance.
  • Encouraging learning through employment of a variety of teaching aids and techniques.
  • Involving learners actively in the learning process.
  • Recognizing and encouraging specific abilities of students, who do not excel in academics but perform well in other co curricular areas.

Does CCE mean frequent tests and assignments?

The term continuous in CCE refers to periodicity and regularity in assessment. It does not mean that tests and assignments have to be conducted or given frequently. On the contrary, the scheme of CCE discourages mechanical testing. It envisages employment of variety of tools and techniques for assessment in informal and formal settings which are more interesting, relevant and meaningful and involve learners for greater participation and learning.