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After states crib, panel to assess ‘no exam’ rule

After states crib, panel to assess ‘no exam’ rule

Himanshi Dhawan, TNN Jun 7, 2012, 05.29AM IST

(Several states, led by Bihar,…)
NEW DELHI: Faced with states' complaints that students had stopped studying with the "abolition of exams" the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) on Wednesday has set up a panel to assess and implement the continuous and comprehensive evaluation (CCE) as a mid-term evaluation.
The decision was taken after several states, led by Bihar, complained that students were doing poorly in their board exams and were no longer serious about their studies. Bihar education minister PK Shahi said, ``We feel that the ban on exams has had a negative impact on children. Our country is not yet ready for the such a system. Students are studying less.'' He was joined by Assam education minister who said that the class X results in his state were very poor following the implementation of the CCE under the RTE.

Similar concerns were echoed by Chhattisgarh and Haryana who added that teachers in government schools were no longer as conscientious in their work.
Responding to the complaints, the CABE decided to set up a panel to ensure assessment and implementation of CCE in the context of the `no detention' provision in the RTE act. While there was agreement that board examinations are not required, guidelines for implementation of CCE need to be evolved for examining and testing the child during the elementary education cycle.
Educationist Vinod Raina clarified that while there was RTE Act said that students could not be detained in a class, there was no reason why exams were not being held. "There is no proof that students who fail do well next year, while there is ample evidence that those who fail drop out of school,'' he said.
Considering the complaint, the CABE meeting, chaired by HRD minister Kapil Sibal, decided to set up the Committee for assessment and implementation of the CCE in the context of the no detention provision in the RTE ACT.
The panel will be headed by Haryana education minister Geeta Bhukkal. The CABE committee, which will include education ministers from states, academics and civil society representatives, will submit its report in three months after consulting the state governments and other stake holders
The CABE committee also decided to constitute a committee for developing the framework and processes of the National Mission on Teachers and Teaching. The panel will be headed by minister of state D Purandeswari. The committee will include other state education ministers with representation from academics and society. The committee will give special focus on Teacher Educators and developing teachers for inclusive education for children with special needs.
Members endorsed the initiative to create a credit guarantee fund to ensure better flow of credit to deserving students. A corpus of Rs 5,000 crore has been created to provide loans to students without collateral.

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