Schoolchildren at the elementary level will be to a great extent relieved of the fear of annual examinations with the introduction of system of continuous comprehensive evaluation (CCE) from the current academic session.
The long overdue step has been taken as a part of the exercise to reform the education system and to begin with the new method of periodical evaluation will be implemented up to the seventh standard. There will be no annual examination for class I and II and the children will be assessed and promoted entirely only on the basis of the CCE and final grading will be carried out as per directions of the directorate of elementary education from time to time.
However, from class III to V the annual examination will be accorded only 40 per cent weight age and the CCE 60 per cent. There will be three quarterly tests under the CCE, which will matter more than the annual examination. A detailed record of performance of each student will be maintained, including the performance in the first and second terms and the annual examinations. The weight age will be 10 per cent for each term and 20 per cent for the final examination.
In case of class VI to VIII the annual examination weight age will be higher at 60 per cent. While the CCE will be accorded 40 per cent weight age, the two terms will have 15 per cent each and the annual examination 30 per cent. The final grading will be carried out after taking all marks into consideration. The system has been formulated in consultation with parents and teachers who were scrapping the examinations all together.
The students with total percentage marks in CCE and examinations between 96 to 100 will be placed in grade A+, 91 to 95 in A, 81 to 90 in B+, 71 to 80 in B, 61 to 70 in C+, 51 to 60 in C, 41 to 50 in D+, 35 to 40 in D, 20 to 34 in E+ and 1 to 19 in E.
Under the new system the teachers will be required to co-relate the classroom process with evaluation and take into account not only the scholastic achievements but also the abilities like expression, regularity, discipline and participation in co-curricular activities. Besides taking into account the year round progress of the child, the teachers will also ensure participation of parents and keep them posted about the performance of their wards.