Comparing students with peers does more harm than good: NCERT

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Teachers and parents are advised not to label the kids based on their performance or compare their grades with the fellow classmates or with anyone else for that matter, advised National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT).
“Evaluation often is thought as labeling or comparing the performance of children against one another through marks, grades or any other means by pointing out their weaknesses, which only humiliates them and lowers their self-esteem,” the NCERT said in fresh guidelines for Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE).
“Comparing the performance of a child with her/his previous performance, instead of comparing it with that of her/his peers, can be used to identify her/his learning and developmental needs (and) to provide the required support without any humiliation. This not only enhances learning but also boosts their self-confidence,” the guidelines said.
The council also said that the CCE is not the sole responsibility of the teachers and that parents too have an important role to play.
“CCE may not be seen as the sole responsibility of teachers. It reduces their burden as it places the onus of learning on different stakeholders, thus, making it a collective responsibility of all, especially parents, children and teachers in addition to the principal, head teacher and others,” it said.
Children’s previous knowledge and learning experience needs to be kept in mind and should be used to develop new learning methodologies. It is important that to appreciate the difference between children during the teaching and assessing the children as they all learn and respond in different ways, said NCERT guidelines.

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