Centre mulls panel on grading system at plus-two level

Minister stresses on building education capital to create wealth
Last Updated : 28 January 2010, 19:47 IST
Last Updated : 28 January 2010, 19:47 IST

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“This is in thinking process and a committee will examine how grading could be introduced at class XII,” Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal told reporters on the sidelines of a conference of State Education Secretaries here on Thursday. He, however, stressed that no decision had been taken and before finalising anything all the stakeholders will be consulted. The expert committee report would also go to the Council of Boards of School Education in India (CoBSE).

The government has introduced grading system at Class-X level in CBSE schools from this year. The grading system is based on nine-point scale, starting from A1 (exceptional) up to E2 (unsatisfactory).

The system takes care of human error in evaluation of answers of students and puts the marks in different brackets, which also helps in reduction of examination pressure.
Inaugurating the conference, Sibal said it is time for thinking about a new education structure to help students compete globally.

“It is time for us to think what the parents and children expect from education and what kind of learning the students should have. Learning process cannot be a one-way traffic,” Sibal said.

He also stressed on the need for reforms in the examination system as it would help in evaluating the critical faculties of the children rather than forcing them to do rote learning.

The minister stressed on building education capital that would help creation of wealth in the country. “We need to move forward towards a core curriculum. There can be a core curriculum for subjects like science, mathematics, physics and those subjects, which do not have any diversity,” he said.

Sibal said the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan (SSA) has helped in expansion of school education as 99 per cent of the habitations in the country have got a primary school. However, quality is still a matter of concern, he said.

The minister also said that at present, about seven lakh teachers in primary schools are not properly trained. “There will be need for another five lakh teachers in elementary education after the government implements the Right to Education Act,” he said.

Testing time
*Grading system reduces human error in evaluation
*System based on nine-point scale, starting from A1 (exceptional) up to E2 (unsatisfactory)
*System introduced atClass -X level in CBSE schools from this year

Published 28 January 2010, 08:51 IST

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