New Delhi: School students will appear for a board-like examination after classes 3, 5, and 8 if the New Education Policy is approved and implemented. The board exams on only two occasions, at the end of grades 10 and 12, make these evaluation tests as only summative and not formative. This is the rationales behind introducing ‘state-census examination’ at the end of these three grades.
Draft lists harmful effects of board exams at present
The draft Education Policy has listed out the harmful effects of the board examinations in their current form. The draft is available in the public domain for comments and suggestions at present. The high level of pressure during board exams that the students of Class 10 and 12 feel has been highlighted in the policy.
The policy further states that damaging coaching culture is a by-product of this pressure to do well during these few days only. In a students’ life, everything else is given less importance during these two exams.
“In particular, real understanding, thinking, analysing, doing, and learning takes a secondary seat to mugging, rote learning, and obtaining coaching for performing on these life-altering examinations,” the draft policy states.
Students’ core capabilities should be tested, states draft policy
The current structure of board examinations has one more disadvantage that complete holistic development of students is prevented, as they face immense pressure to focus only on a few subjects at the expense of others.
An overhaul of the board exams has been suggested in the draft policy to address this. It highlights that the board exams should be made easier for students by testing their core capacities rather than assessing months of rote learning.
“The goal will be to be flexible, like the curriculum, and to design the Board Examinations so that any student attending classes in their chosen subjects and making basic efforts in these classes will be able to comfortably pass their Board Examinations,” highlights the policy.
Students will be permitted to sit for two attempts in the board examination in a given academic session. This has been suggested in the policy for the elimination of the ‘high stakes’ aspect of the board exams.