Comprehensive continuous evaluation refers to the new evaluation system used in schools in India which focuses, among other things, on academic performance of students, their social skills and cleanliness throughout all the time they spent in educational institutions starting from the kindergarten and ending with the high school. The new system was introduced to help India solve its traditional problems in schools, such as inefficient and biased evaluation, and meet the needs of its student body, second largest after China. The comprehensive continuous evaluation is often assessed as a great success, but some point out to many disadvantages.
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Comprehensive continuous evaluation is time consuming as, under the new system, teachers have to evaluate students across multiple dimensions. Because classes are usually crowded, effective evaluation becomes impracticable. Students complained about insufficient amount of time spent on learning new materials because teachers apparently lacked time. Instead of spending time on explaining important theoretical materials, teachers focus on assessing each student’s social skills and personal character traits.
The new comprehensive continuous evaluation system has an ambition to measure immeasurable, critics, such as school directors from some Indian states, say. Moreover, teachers may be subjective in the assessments of student’s social attitudes, health habits and cleanliness. Even though the states can give precise directions as to how interpret each single term, the possibility of misinterpretation by teachers, based on their own values, is high.
The new comprehensive continuous evaluation system abolished standardised tests as a student assessment tool. Now, students’ career or higher education opportunities depend on the assessment by teachers throughout the time in school. This adds up to potential subjectivity and opens up a possibility of employing double standards by teachers. No state agency can oversee all schools for the subject of teacher bias or solve bias-related issues in case those are reported. Given all the sectarian differences in the Indian society, some sects may enjoy better treatment than others.
At the 59th meeting of the Central Advisory board of Education, school directors pointed to the impossibility of implementing the new evaluation system in many rural areas of India. Directors doubt the system can be implemented because in many rural schools there is only 1 teacher. Of course, in such circumstances the new system will become a nightmare for that one teacher, directors say. Therefore, implementation of new evaluation system can result in having no school evaluation at all, according to the directors.
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- IndiaEducation.net: Comprehensive and Continuous Evaluation (CCE)
- Regional Institute of Education: Effectiveness of continuous and comprehensive evaluation over the evaluation practices of teachers; Manjula P Rao
- The Economic Times: States criticise the "no-detention" and "continuous evaluation" provisions of RTE; 2012
- The Nahvind Times: Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation: Mindset Change Needed; 2010