Students have to score an aggregate 35 p.c. in the public exam
In the new Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) system for SSLC, which is yet to be approved by the government, students will have to score at least 30 per cent in each paper in the public exam, but maintain an aggregate of 35 per cent in the six subjects.
Apart from the public exam, under the proposed system, students will have a formative assessment, which will be given 20 per cent weightage. Each formative assessment conducted by the school will comprise a written test and three activities. As there will be four formative assessments — two in each semester, the complete formative assessment will be judged on the basis of four tests and 12 activities.
A proposal in this regard is all set to be presented to the Commissioner of Public Instruction by a Karnataka State Secondary Examination Board-appointed sub-committee of experts, headed by Ganesh Bhat, principal, MES Teachers College, Bangalore.
Sources in the sub-committee said the public exam, hitherto written for a total of 625 marks, will be for 500 marks (80 marks each for five papers and 100 marks for the first language).
These proposals, however, are yet to get a nod by the Department of Public Instruction as well as the State government. Commissioner for Public Instruction Mohammad Mohsin said the proposal was yet to be presented to him. “Once the proposal is approved by the government, we will announce the calendar of events and train teachers under the new model in July,” he said.
In a press release, the board said a final decision on the CCE for Class 10 was yet to be taken, but the draft proposal was ready. “The proposal will be sent to the government through the Commissioner. A final decision will be made known only after a Government Order in this regard is received.”
Minister of State for Primary and Secondary Education Kimmane Ratnakar said the government would take a final decision in a fortnight.
Even as the new model is being finalised, private school managements have criticised the government for keeping them in the dark. D. Shashi Kumar, organising secretary of the Karnataka State Private Schools Managements’ Federation, said, “The CCE, introduced from Class 1 to Class 9 over the past few years, has failed as the government has not provided any training for teachers in unaided schools. The government should have completed the planning for this before the academic year began. These half-hearted attempts will not bring changes in learning,” he said.