Student Speak: Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation

1 Sep

Listen to the Children Series: On CCE

 

 

Once in a while children say it better than we can. As I was scanning all fora, newsletters, blogs, conference papers, presentations, academic papers and all the other sources that help me keep up with the world of education, I came across this angry young man on Quora. Angry, with good reason – and those of us who have followed this blog know how inadequate training and poor implementation of the CCE system have jeopardised its success. The point of the CCE was to reduce pressure of examinations and grade regular, creative and thoughtful assignments set during the year. This way children do more than merely study for the examination, and teachers get the chance to explore the subject more in depth. It allows for the possibility of customising assignments according to the abilities and talents of the children, possibly via team assignments.

 

When I wrote of this last year, there was the excuse – early days, teething troubles. But if the system is still misunderstood, and misapplied, I begin to lost hope. For today, I merely replicate what this bright young student has to say. All I have done is remove names to protect identities. (He has permitted me to replicate it, and said his parents are okay with using his name. Till I get an email from his parents clearing that, the name is left out. I will update this with his name once the permission is in place. Similarly, I omit the name of the school, to respect his privacy) ***********

 

“Reduce Pressure ? REDUCE PRESSURE ?

 

Fellow Quora netizens, I’m a mere high school student who’s about to appear for his boards. So that does kinda give me an upper hand while answering this question.

When I was in class 7th this new system called Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) was introduced. Initially we were all wary and cynical of this system. Soon we were apprehensive. Now we simply hate it. We hate it from the bottom of our hearts. CCE has caused damage of such colossal magnitude that it may even take decades to rectify.

Irreversible damage, which is going to cost the nations free thinkers, problem solvers and go-getters.

There is a certain Education system in our country, which though outdated, does produce some of the finest minds of the world.The system which has been appreciated by all the nations.

Now, The HRD ministry comes out of nowhere and implements this newly devised ‘brainchild’ of theirs, Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation.

The minister is quoted as saying, “This system has been implemented to benefit the average student and to ensure student’s do not face any pressure.”

(strong language deleted, it was decent, but strong)

In any school there are different kinds of kids with different needs.True, focus should not be on grades but on the overall development of the child.

True, the average student should not feel he’s worthless. But CCE has not achieved any of these goals so far. Due to CCE, Children are unable to grow during their formative years. They are unable to learn. They are unable to just be regular children. Due to CCE, we the children, Have been overburdened with school work,class work and home work. If that was not enough we have to spend hours on our computer copying Wikipedia and other websites for the so called ‘Projects’. We have no time to breathe, to enjoy, to relax or to even think. We have been transformed into robots to follow a monotonous schedule and lead a monochromatic life. Talk about pressure. Earlier we just had to give unit tests once a week, appear for the half-yearlies and at the end of the year take the final exams. Now ? We Do everything mentioned above + complete our copies,do homework,classwork (we get graded for all of this) and also submit projects.Projects are just printouts of Wikipedia pages which are graded on how beautiful the presentation is and how well decorated it is. And all of this for all the 7 subjects we have. (11 if you break down science and SSt 😉 No pressure, right ?

 

You may feel that I’m one of the only few harboring such negative feelings against CCE. I study in one of the premiere schools of the nation with maximum CBSE toppers every year. Our School has 5000 kids. Sometime back, all the kids were asked to write a letter *which was supposed to go to the HRD ministry* giving feedback about the system. Boy, the letters were so harsh that children were reprimanded for writing them. Not one child wrote in support of CCE. Not a single teacher disagreed with the students. Okay, there may be exceptions somewhere, but most of us, Ranging from the toppers to the back-benchers to the average kids HATE CCE. Teacher’s hate CCE.

 

This is not the scenario in our school only, but in all the schools everywhere. CCE is not only over-burdening the kids with excessive work, it teaches us to accept dishonesty(copying from wikipedia is dishonesty) and has eliminated our thinking aptitude.We do not have time to go outside and play or even interact with our friends.

If you still don’t believe me, go to any school, pick out a kid in random and pop him this question. He’s bound to have the same feelings and opinions as me. I have suffered under this system for long, But my heart goes out to the future student’s who are going to have an even worse time. I had some time to play and enjoy my childhood, learn and grow. They won’t.

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Listen to the students, this is about them, for them.

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