On-de­mand ex­ams?

Governance Now - - BRIEFINGS -

Just like dis­tant ed­u­ca­tion, stu­dents study­ing in a reg­u­lar school may get the fa­cil­ity of ‘on-de­mand ex­am­i­na­tion’ in fu­ture. The niti aayog has sug­gested hold­ing on-de­mand ex­ams so that school stu­dents can take the tests when­ever they are ready. “un­der the RTE, every­one is pro­moted till class Viii and are sud­denly re­quired to clear board ex­am­i­na­tions in higher grades. This leads to stu­dent stress and high stakes sit­u­a­tions which re­sult in ad­verse out­comes like pre­par­ing for the test and mass cheat­ing... We should pi­lot a sys­tem of tech­no­log­i­cally en­abled ‘ex­ams on de­mand’ which test stu­dents on ab­so­lute com­pe­ten­cies in­stead of rel­a­tive ‘marks’ and al­low stu­dents to take and re-take ex­ams when they are ready. This can help us study its ef­fec­tive­ness in re­duc­ing cheat­ing in ex­ams and also open up the op­tion of ‘sec­ond chance’ pro­grammes, where those who have dropped out at the ele­men­tary level can cer­tify them­selves at the higher lev­els,” said the gov­ern­ment think tank in its three-year ac­tion agenda. ‘exam on de­mand’ is not a new con­cept. it is cur­rently avail­able at the level of higher ed­u­ca­tion. Quite sim­i­lar to this sug­ges­tion, cbse in 2011 of­fered its stu­dents to choose ei­ther board ex­am­i­na­tions or school as­sess­ment for class X. How­ever, the pol­icy didn’t work out well and board ex­am­i­na­tions have been made manda­tory again from 2018 on­wards.

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