Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) has been touted as one of the most progressive developments in the otherwise orthodox Indian education system.
What is its aim?
To decrease students’ stress of board exams
To introduce a uniform and comprehensive pattern of education for children all across the country
How does it work?
CCE helps in improving a student’s performance by identifying his/her learning difficulties at regular time intervals. The process starts at the beginning of the academic session.
It employs suitable remedial measures for enhancing their learning performance.
This form of evaluation offers flexibility to schools to plan their own academic schedules as per specified guidelines.
As part of this new system, a student's ‘marks’ are replaced by ‘grades’ which are evaluated through a series of curricular and extra-curricular evaluations along with academics. The aim is to reduce the workload on students and to improve the overall skill and ability of the student.
Grades are awarded to students to evaluate and present an overall measure of the student's ability based on work experience skills, dexterity, innovation, steadiness, teamwork, public speaking, behavior, etc.
CBSE schools in different parts of the country have been practising CCE for at least one year. What do the teachers, who are actually practicing it, have to say? We met some of them and asked three basic questions:
Question 1. Given the Indian education scenario, do you believe CCE works effectively?
Question 2. Have you been officially trained to implement CCE? If yes, was the training adequate?
Question 3. How have the parents and students responded to CCE?
Ms. Shantha Srikanth
TGT Andhra Education Society School, Prasad Nagar, Karol Bagh, New Delhi
Answer 1. If implemented and followed in the right spirit, CCE will work effectively.The system has got many advantages as we assess the child throughout the year. and assessment is done in multiple areas like scholastic and co-scholastic. So a child’s interest level in non conventional subjects like performing arts, environmental awareness are also evaluated. We also assess the child’s literary, emotional as well as social skills. These types of assessments were not done under the traditional system, and the child was only assessed at the end of the year. Through this system, the child develops life skills which enable him/her to cope better with future challenges.
Answer 2. Yes, I have been trained by CBSE through workshops and seminars. Though the skeleton of CCE has been understood by me and my colleagues, the learning is more indepth as we apply and modify the methodology from time to time.
Answer 3. Initially, there was a lot of apprehension and fear among the students but teachers were able to induce confidence in them. Parents were also apprehensive since there would be no board exams in the new system. A year has passed and students and parents have started to accept the new system and realise its benefits.
Ms. Anuradha Mathur
Head - Primary Wing, Salwan Public School (M), Old Rajinder Nagar, New Delhi
Answer 1. Keeping the existing Indian education system in mind, I believe before the implementation of CCE, the teachers should have been trained more thoroughly and specific requirements of CCE should have been in place. The student-teacher ratio has to be less if CCE has to be adopted in spirit.
Answer 2. Yes, we have been officially trained but it was not adequate. Theoritically it has been understood but one has to see the implementation to understand the pedagogy.
Answer 3. There have been dichotomous views as far as parents and students are concerned. Parents whose children are extremely bright still want to go with the old system where academics was given more importance. But parents of children who have been weak academically are very happy as the students are passing anyhow with good grades thanks to CCE. Let us not dilute our education system by blindly aping a system which may be good in a particular country but not in India. Right now, it is chaotic and with the existing mind set of educationists, we need to first put our own minds in order and then experiment.
Kendriya Vidyalaya No.1, Uppal, Near Uppal Ring Road, Rangareddy, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
Answer 1. Yes, CCE helps in the holistic development of students. The students are now focussing on showcasing different aspects of their personality through participation in diverse activities. Students who are good at examination based performance also have to diversify their efforts.
Answer 2. No, I personally have not been trained to implement CCE but its guidelines have been provided by CBSE. They are comprehensive and being a trained teacher helps. A lot of these skill are imparted to us as part of our B.Ed and in-service training.
Answer 3. Some parents and teachers are happy with CCE, especially those parents whose children were not doing so well under the earlier examination-based evaluation system. Their children now get a chance to benefit from their diverse abilities which went unrecognised earlier.
Ms. Meenu Wadhwa
Eco-club Coordinator, Kendriya Vidyalaya, NFC, Vigyan Vihar, Delhi
Answer 1. In the Indian scenario, CCE is working smoothly. It has lightened the burden on students and increased their creative skill. CCE focuses on regularity and continuity in assessment, and most important of all, holistic development is integrated with the process of teaching and learning.
Answer 2. Yes, we the teachers of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Vigyan Vihar, were trained to implement CCE by our Principal. The training was adequate, but the subject matters need to be updated.
Answer 3. Parents have a very positive attitude towards CCE, as each parent wants his or her child’s knowledge to be upgraded in both scholastic (related to the intellect or brain) as well as co-scholastic (related to heart and hand) ways. This involves psychomotor skills, physical development, life skills and values. The parents are happy that their children are getting a platform to be actively involved in their own learning.
Ms. Vipra Kale
Environment Manager, BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, Ludhiana, Punjab
Answer 1. Yes, I believe CCE has started to change the Indian education scenario. It has made students expand their horizons and be more creative and idealistic. From the limited examination-based performance, students now get an opportunity to display diverse skills. Since the skill set for assessment is widely defined, almost every child gets an opportunity to score.
Answer 2. No, I have not been specifically trained but practising the CBSE guidelines is easy. However, assessment can be very tough and unfair, especially if the school has a poor student-teacher ratio.
Answer 3. The feedback of parents has been excellent as they observe the change in the mindset and attitude of thier children. This confidence level is what is needed in today’s world to establish ones identity.
Dr. Satyajit Hota
Principal, Allons Public School, Bemetara, Chattisgarh
Answer 1. As per the present Indian scenario, the effectiveness of CCE is questionable due to the vast geo-socio-economical and political differences that exist in our country. The student-teacher ratio; application of the Right to Education Act; proper resource mobilisation and community involvement should be ensured before CCE is implemented.
Answer 2. I have taken the training to implement CCE by PLP (Principal leading Principal programme) as well as through the host of interactive programmes initiated by the CBSE, like the Monitor- Mentor Training Programme, Training for the Trainers. Still, I feel I am not at par with the global standards.
Answer 3. It is extremely difficult to guage the actual response of the parents and students as they ar extremely confused. Schools in rural India, like mine, operate in a world where computers and Net connection are distant realities. For them CCE is too foreign a concept which is not really desired because it ‘takes students away from studies’. The assignment and projects are considered a burden by them. Just a load of paper work. I am hoping things will change as we go along. And CCE will help evolve a system which is innovative, child sensitive and interesting.