June 16,2018

Everything You Need To Know: Upcoming Changes In CCE Guidelines For Classes 1-8

Everything You Need To Know: Upcoming Changes In CCE Guidelines For Classes 1-8

Last week, NCERT announced serious changes in the report card or grade card format for classes 1-8 of CBSE Schools. The step was taken to reduce pressure on school students and boost their morale. We at Edubee here have tried to answer all your questions and relieve you from your doubts.

To fully understand the significant changes brought in the report card format by NCERT, you need to know what CCE is, how is it an integral part of our education system and how these changes in CCE will affect our education system and CBSE Schools ?

What is CCE?

Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation also known in short as CCE is an evaluation program introduced under Right to Education Act (2009) and successfully came into power in 2010. This evaluation program was an approach to assess student’s progress at school and to evaluate their skills by using the grading system. It was a success and with a few changes over the years, it is currently implemented by state governments of India, as well as Central Board of Secondary Education in India. Being the most popular evaluation program, any changes in its guidelines can bring a great change in study patterns in schools.

What are the changes proposed/introduced in CCE guidelines by NCERT?

Changes proposed/introduced by NCERT prohibit report cards or grade cards of students from class 1-8 from containing any comments that can demotivate the students. Furthermore, the school will also not display any scores or grades on the report cards issued by it. In place of the abolished method, after the commencement of this policy CBSE schools will have to maintain a progress diary or log for each student respectively that will be used to view the respective student’s growth and development. Evaluation in the report card or progress diary will be done by marking a tick on column linked to a specific skill acquired by the student. "Only specific observations pertaining to children's performance and behavior which need to be highlighted to facilitate both students and teachers reflect and review their work may only be noted in a diary or a logbook. The observations on learning outcomes depicting Personal Social Qualities (PSQs) may be noted as when required/noticed,” as quoted in new policy guidelines released by NCERT.

How is it different from the currently implemented guidelines?

Currently implemented CCE policy guidelines state that evaluation of the student's skills to be done in form of the grading system. It also provides a column for a remark in the report cards from the teacher on how he/she thinks a respective student in his/her class is doing. Although the current guidelines are better than the older ones and were implemented in order to reduce pressure on students, it has not been very fruitful. CCE policies have gone through many changes over the years to suit the current education system of India and it has been a lot of time since these guidelines received a review, they have finally arrived at their expiry date.

How will the changes be in favor of the younger generation?

After seeing the failure of education system in India and prevailing student suicide rates over the few years, these changes are introduced by the NCERT in an attempt to revive the true purpose of education and relieve students of their pressure and enslaving depression state. Demotivating comments written in report cards kills the last light of hope under-performers cling to. The inferiority complex developed inside student’s mind can hog up all the space and sometimes forces them to take drastic steps such as suicide. Scores and grades used to judge a student’s knowledge are like weighing a jewelry item on a weigh scale. Just because it is heavier doesn’t mean it is more precious, what determines its price is what it is made of. By removing unwanted comments and grading and only marking tick if a certain skill is present in a student, we can remove the unwanted competition created by these old methods.

When will the new guidelines be implemented?

As confirmed by the current NCERT director Hrushikesh Senapaty, New policy guidelines have already been shared with all the state governments and have been asked to review it. Soon a national conclave will be hosted where all the respective spokesperson of different states will participate in order to share their views on the new policy guidelines and to finalize it.

If implemented successfully, this change can be good news for students, their parents, and teachers. But for now, the matter still remains pending as we wait for the comments of various state boards and their views in the awaited national conclave.

How will the new Report Cards look like?

See the sample report cards generated from Edubee's School ERP and School Management Software.

You may share your views on how you feel the current change would affect the lives of students. Is it going to be helpful? Or just another policy that would not make much of a difference. Let us know and share this blog with your friends and colleagues.

Anurabh Prakash - Team Edubee

Arunabh Prakash
Team Edubee