PANJIM: With teaching and learning process shifting online in view of COVID-19 pandemic, the Union Education Ministry has directed States to opt for Exams centric Assessment Reforms, with focus on Board examination, across all level of schooling from the upcoming Academic Year 2021-22. The States are directed to submit report by June end.
In its Action Plan report on COVID Response in School Education, the Ministry has said that the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has already initiated the process to bring in exams reforms and hence the States should take the lead at their respective State Boards.
The Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (GBSHSE) has mooted for an assessment based academic term for Class IX and XI students from this year. As per the new policy decision, Class IX and XI students will be assessed based on the Unit Test conducted per chapter and the Periodic Test of 20 marks each, which would be recorded for tabulation. The Board has decided to do away with the Semester Examination method.
“As States continue to think about at-home learning models, it might be beneficial to develop a clear statement of the purpose for creating an assessment program for elementary level, eventually leading to assessment pattern reforms based on the National Education Policy 2020,” the Action Plan, released by the Ministry, reads.
The States are directed to ensure that the teachers are trained on teaching and assessment through digital modes.