RTE mandates move to the new system

Beginning this year, State-syllabus schools in Karnataka will also be adopting the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) system from Class 1 to 9 on the lines of what the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has been following.

The CCE system has also been introduced for I PUC from this academic year. The Right to Education (RTE) Act, being implemented in Karnataka from this year, mandates the shift to the new system of continuous evaluation of a student’s performance rather than year-end exams.

Disclosing the details of the new system, H.S. Ramarao, Director of the Department of State Educational Research and Training (DSERT) told The Hindu that the system could involve formative and summative assessments. Under the CCE, performance of children in extra-curricular activities such as music and dance, in addition to core academics, will be evaluated, he added.

DSERT is already in the process of preparing manual and training material to equip teachers to adopt this method. “Karnataka already has Nali Kali system in the primary classes, which involves continuous evaluation. Now classes 4 to 9 will also have the CCE,” said Mr. Ramarao.

State Project Director of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), Tushar Girinath, said that the process of printing progress reports for the new method of evaluation was under way. “Teachers were trained in the new method of evaluation last year,” he said, adding that there will be more training sessions. The DSERT, as per the rules framed by the State on the RTE Act, has the responsibility of “preparing suitable guidelines for implementation of the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation from Class 1 to 8.”