School life of over 200 children meticulously maintained for continuous evaluation

Kartik B., a class 8 student of Government Upgraded Secondary School at Mullakadu near Derebail Konchadi, has a file in his name that is similar to a student’s profile you see in CBSE schools. Called ‘Kruti Samputa’, this file contains all the details of Kartik’s curricular and extra curricular activities.

It has his photograph and his name written colourfully. On the inside cover of the file is his health report. In the plastic sleeves, he has kept his essays, drawings, short stories and poems.

Such files are maintained in the name of each of the 200 schoolmates of Kartik studying in classes 4 to 9 after the concept of Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) system was introduced in government schools.

But not all schools are doing it as meticulously as Government Upgraded Secondary School, whose efforts to enforce the CCE system has been appreciated by an expert committee from the Union Ministry of Human Resource and Development that went around schools in the district in the first week of February to review the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan scheme.

Modelled on the CBSE system, the CCE adopted by the State involves formative and summative assessments wherein a child will be evaluated not only for academic performance but also in terms of behaviour and his participation in extra-curricular activities.

“We are not doing anything new. We are carrying forward the Nali-Kali (play and learn) concept (in place for students of classes 1 to 3) that has been a success in our school,” said Headmistress of the school Dhanalakshmi, who teaches mathematics for the higher primary students.

Evolving

Bindiya N. and Krupa are among the eight new teachers working towards making the CCE effective for students. “We did have trouble initially with the tabulation work. Now we do it everyday and there is not much stress,” said Ms. Bindiya, who teaches science. “There is no pressure to complete my portion (of syllabus). We are working together to have activities that also cover the syllabus. We are evolving,” said Ms. Krupa, the Hindi teacher.

In the files you can find creative work of children that are named as Hastaprati. Kartik’s file, for example, has short poem ‘Baa Maguve Shaalege Hoogadiru Nee Coolige’ (Oh child come to the school and not go to work), which is impressive. He also got a certificate for participating in elocution competition at district-level Pratibhotsava (talent show). Kruti Samputa is occasionally shown to parents.

Kumaraswamy H., the coordinator for CCE in Dakshina Kannada, said the Mullarkadu School had succeeded in putting in place a system of documenting activities and behaviour of the child, largely considered as a cumbersome process. “They now have to open this data to help children reflect better,” he said.