The government decides to do away with unit tests and conduct only major exams

Students of government schools have good news. From this academic year, they will not have to write any class test or unit test. The government has decided to do away with all unit tests and leave the students alone with major exams like the quarterly, half-yearly and the annual exam.

The move is being implemented as part of Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) programme proposed to be implemented in the new academic year. As per the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act or Right to Education Act (RTE), all written tests must be done away with to pave the way for a pressure-free education of a child in school.

“Phasing out of unit tests is the first step in that direction,” Krishna district coordinator for Rajiv Vidya Mission, Murali Krishna, told The Hindu.

For effective implementation of CCE, over 10,000 teachers working for State-run schools in all mandal headquarters are undergoing a training programme. “The idea is to evolve a continuous and comprehensive mechanism to evaluate a child's programme. The written tests can probably be replaced with regular oral tests which can be made participatory,” said Mr. Murali Krishna.

Formulated by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, the CCE is the new teaching method already in practice in schools following CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) syllabus. The idea is to decrease the accumulated stress of board exams on the students and to introduce a more uniform and comprehensive pattern in education for the children all over the nation. The CCE helps in improving a student's performance by identifying his/her learning difficulties and abilities at regular intervals right from the beginning of the academic session and employing suitable remedial measures for enhancing their learning performance. The new system, over a period of time, will put in place a refreshing mode of education wherein a student's marks will be replaced by grades which will be evaluated through a series of curricular and extra-curricular activities, along with academics. The aim is to reduce the workload on students and to improve their overall skill and ability by means of evaluating other activities. Very soon, grades will be awarded to students based on their work experience skills, dexterity, innovation, steadiness, teamwork, public speaking and behaviour.

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