CBSE has now made it mandatory for schools affiliated with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to follow a uniform assessment scheme that requires schools to follow a two-semester system from Class 6 onwards.
CBSE Chairman, RK Chaturvedi, speaking on the development, said that, “To make students more confident about facing the Class 10 board examinations when they join the upper-primary stage in Class 6, we have decided to implement a uniform system of assessment, examination pattern and report cards…”
Two periodic tests of 10 marks will also be conducted every semester, under the guidelines implemented by the new system.
According to CBSE officials, doing so will improve the quality of education, prepare students for the Class 10 board examinations, as well as enable an easy migration of students between schools.
CBSE officials went on to add that over 18,000 CBSE-affiliated schools follow extremely varied kinds of assessment patterns for students between Class 6 to 9, which later leads to problems for students when they have to transfer between schools.
“Due to disparities in the system, students from classes 6 to 9 face several problems whenever they migrate to another school. It has become imperative to have a uniform system that makes things easier for students and other stakeholders. It will help solve migratory issues between CBSE schools as well as other educational institutions,” said a senior CBSE official said.
The authorities have decided that all CBSE affiliated schools are to follow a uniform system of assessments, examinations as well as issuance of report cards.
Under the new system, students will be required to study mathematics, science and the social sciences, along with three languages, along with an additional subject. Schools will also conduct two periodic tests of 10 marks, and the half-yearly written examination will account for 80 marks. Students will also be graded for notebook submissions.
As for the annual exam, students will be assessed on 10% of the syllabus taught during the first semester and the entire syllabus taught during the second semester.
As for Class 7, their annual exam will include 20% of the syllabus taught during the first semester.
For classes 6 to 8, students will get graded between A1 (91-100) to E (32 and below).
Students will be graded on the basis of factors like regularity, participation, output, teamwork, along with health and physical education, although co-curricular activities will also be taken into consideration.
In addition, report cards issued by all affiliated schools will have to bear the school’s as well as the CBSE logo.