According to the CBSE, the purpose of changing the method of assessment is to eliminate the habit of rote in students and to give them practical knowledge and develop the ability to find solutions to problems.
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The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) recently launched a merit-based assessment framework for science, mathematics and English. This initiative has been taken under the new National Education Policy. CBSE has prepared the outline of this assessment framework in collaboration with the British Council. According to CBSE, the purpose of changing the method of assessment is to eliminate the habit of rote in students and to provide them practical knowledge and develop the ability to find solutions to problems. Preeti Hingorani, vice president of Cambridge University Press from TV9 News Digital discussed it in detail and answered many questions.
Why the need for a new evaluation framework?
An official notice by the CBSE on the need for a new assessment framework reads, “Are we teaching children in our schools to handle themselves and their lives well, or are we just doing test-to-test Huh? We should consider it. Competency-based learning or competency-based education (CBE) is an approach based on education. This will ensure proficiency in learning by students through demonstrating the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes required to deal with real-life situations at age and grade-appropriate levels. ” This is where the new assessment comes in handy.
About the new evaluation framework?
Created in collaboration with the British Council, this framework will be applied to classes from 6-10. These include 3 subjects English, Mathematics and Science. The question paper and evaluation mode will be changed in three to four years in a phased manner. Launching the new structure, Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said, “The new National Education Policy 2020 envisages a significant change in India’s education eco-system. It aims to prepare students for the 21st century and emphasizes merit-based education rather than rote learning. ”
The new assessment guidelines have been put in place to improve the quality of teaching and implementation of the changes suggested in the NEP 2020. For this initiative, the British Council is working with UK partners- Cambridge, UK NARIC and Alphaplus.
What is the partner’s contribution?
According to Preeti Hingorani, the role of Cambridge Partnership for Education (CPE) is to train 360 teachers in India to become master trainers in this new learning approach. Hingorani said, “We are also working to establish programs with the help of which the master trainers will be able to support other teachers across the country.” Talking about how CPE would create an effective program, Hingorani responded, “We are drawn to the expertise of our team in India, Cambridge Assessment International Education and Cambridge University Faculty.”
The British Council will create a bank of over 1,500 items as a sample and train 40 assessment designers and 180 master test item writers. These training will be made available on online education platform, which is called ‘Diksha’. About 2,000 teachers will be trained to help in this project. More than 14,000 teachers will also be supported through the integrated bank of Lesson.
“This new competency-based assessment framework will enable internationalized, high-quality education for better learner outcomes and help teachers build high-quality school assessments,” CBSE said in a statement. NCERT has also endorsed this, “The week-wise plan includes interesting activities and challenges regarding the chapter / topic of the textbooks. Most importantly, it maps subjects with learning outcomes. The purpose of mapping subjects with learning outcomes is to facilitate teachers / parents to assess the progress in learning of students. However, it has been reiterated that one should focus on learning instead of testing for scores. “
In the first phase, the framework will be implemented in Kendriya Vidyalaya Schools and Navodaya Vidyalayas, CBSE Schools of Chandigarh and some private schools. By 2024, it will be implemented in 25,000 CBSE schools across the country, with 1.32 lakh teachers and two crore students.
(Report By- Prapti Jain)
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