Continuous and comprehensive evaluation, or CCE, allows students to earn marks through the year. But can this system replace more traditional testing?
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SAJID RAHIMAN SHAIKH
I feel the CCE system works better than the Board exam pattern. This is because term-end examination means too much load on the students during the exam season. However, students under CCE are evaluated continuously, so they don’t have to mug everything up. During the Board exams, many students are under tremendous pressure. The pressure is so much that some students even commit suicides. CCE can help in curbing suicides among students.
In CCE, due to regular assessment, students know which subjects they are lagging behind in. Teachers too have a fair idea of the topics that have been least understood by the students. This helps them prepare remedial classes, instead of waiting for term-end exams and then failing students. Failing is a big stigma.
What if a student falls ill on exam day? What if the student understands all concepts well, but isn’t very good at writing long-form of answers. Students need to be given marks for activeness, interest in co-curricular activities, innovative ideas etc.
Board exams kill students’ creativity. There is a set pattern to write an answer and only that answer gets the maximum marks. Even a student who has no working knowledge of the concepts, but practices Board question papers from the past 10 years, can get decent marks. More than the understanding level, exams only test the memory power of O students; their ability to churn out answers that they have learnt by rote. The whole point of evaluation of knowledge is lost.
The age of the student also has to be taken into account. There is no need for a Class V student, or even a Class VIII student, to come under pressure for term-end examination. A school should be a fun place for students without the fear of exams. Moreover, when the students answer in class, create projects etc., they learn better. But if students have to appear for the termend examination, even the teachers don’t care about teaching beyond what is likely to come in the exam. Often, students who do well in IIT entrance exams and join IITs, end up failing their subjects and dropping out. This is because these students have learnt everything by rote and have no understanding of the fundamentals.
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Students feel more independent when following the Board exam pattern. They know they will have exams at the end of the term, and they will plan accordingly. Plus, they get a lot of free time during the term to pursue their interests. The Board exam pattern also helps students understand time-management, which is an important lesson for the future. The way CCE is held now, there are regular surprise tests and assessments. Students are under stress all the time. Moreover, CCE puts too much emphasis on projects, assignments etc.
Students and their parents are always busy making models and assignments, which leaves very little time for them to just play and enjoy. Half of the time, the projects are made by parents or purchased from the shops, which is very expensive and also defeats the entire purpose of projects.
There should be just one examination. That way, students are able to concentrate on that exam and get good marks. A student who gets 90% has obviously worked harder than a student who gets 85%. But generally in CCE, a grading system is used, which puts both of them in the same category. The final exam is also a fair platform. In CCE, students who can spend more can make better projects when compared to the students from economically-weaker backgrounds.