Times of India: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is working on an improved and comprehensive marking system, after it received feedback from students on not being satisfied with those marking their papers.
Vineet Joshi, chairman, CBSE, told TOI on Sunday, “We need to improve our marking scheme. After a brief survey from students, we learnt that they were not satisfied with the marks given. I guess teachers micro-manage marks a bit too much, and problems arise.” Joshi was pointing out at cases where teachers cut points in a single mark when they are not satisfied with an answer — for example, the one-fourth or three-fourth mark that they give.
“With the CBSE having adopted the grading system, problems often arise when, for instance, a student scores 6.25 marks on a scale of 9. It becomes difficult to decide while grading a student if the marks should be considered as 6 or 7 as a whole. Hence, a comprehensive marking system is on the anvil. We are still doing some research and getting feedback; the new system will be in place soon,” Joshi said.
Also, in an effort to reform the education system, the CBSE will introduce courses in animation and design from the coming academic year. “In order to give more options to students in vocational education, we will introduce two more subjects. It is our effort to encourage different skills in students.” Last year, the CBSE introduced a vocational course in mass media on a pilot basis in 20 schools from Pune, Mumbai and Delhi. The course will now be expanded to schools all over the country.
Joshi also spoke about the continuous and comprehensive evaluation (CCE) system that will be implemented for class IX and X soon. “The CCE will revamp the education system which will help schools to evaluate students at the school level itself. The CCE aims to improve the teaching process and also make students and parents a part of assessment.”