“Formative Assessment is a tool used by the teacher to continuously monitor student progress in a non threatening, supportive environment,” says CBSE’s manual on CCE (Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation – which is understood by many students as ‘Continuous and Carefree Entertainment).
“Non-threatening and supportive” – that’s what the assessment is supposed to be when a teacher does it in the class. What about the assessment carried out by the Board at the end of the session?
See the remark written by one of the CBSE students on the Board’s complaint board after yesterday’s math exam of class 12:
MATHEMATICS WAS F**K**G TOUGH
THE 2013 CBSE EXAM WAS F**K**G TOUGH TO WRITE!! :(
I DINT EXPECT THIS TPYE OF MATHEMATICS PAPER EVER :(
CBSE IS HARDCORE i should have tried some thing else,, wasted 2 years of my high schools in CBSE :(
It is written by a student who calls him-/herself maha dewayz.
There are quite a few other students too who have complained against the math paper though not in maha dewayz’s ‘CCE’ phraseology. It seems the math paper in the Chennai region did not follow the normal CBSE pattern.
The usual CBSE pattern is “non-threatening and supportive” to students. In fact, one won’t find anywhere in the world a Board of Exams that’s more student-friendly than CBSE. So what happened this time with the math paper in Chennai region?
A very close relative of mine who is a math teacher in a CBSE school in Kerala rang me up after the math exam was over to ask me whether the Delhi students too found it as tough as their Chennai counterparts did. I asked the math teacher of my school who said it was quite “non-threatening and supportive” except for the value-based question whose phraseology was very misleading. Of course, students like maha dewayz are likely to find value-based phraseology beyond their vocab.
I wonder why CBSE did not follow with the math paper what they are asking their teachers to do with the assessments: be “non-threatening and supportive”? My relative-teacher says that the umpteen private engineering colleges in the South might have bribed CBSE to renege on their exhortation to teachers about threats and supports so that the students won’t qualify for the engineering entrance tests which in turn would ensure a good rush to the private colleges. I wouldn’t be surprised if that were true though I wouldn’t dare to make such an allegation. But I think that values exist only as a 5-mark question in the exams in the academic world of CCE.
That’s one of the many paradoxes that peep out of the CCE edifice cocking a snook at people who still (shamelessly) possess sensibilities that may be too delicate for the world in which only one value really exists except in the value-based questions of CBSE.