Com­pe­tency test in April to eat into kids’ sum­mer break

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - Puja Ped­nekar

MUM­BAI: Sum­mer va­ca­tions may start a tad later this year as the state’s ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment will hold com­pe­tency tests for classes 1 to 8 to as­sess their first lan­guage and math skills.

The tests have to be held as part of the year-en­der ex­ams, but schools said it is im­prac­ti­cal be­cause they wrap up their ex­ams by April and shut for the sum­mer break.

A must for all schools across boards and man­age­ment, the tests are part of the Pra­gat Shaik­shanik (Pro­gres­sive in Ed­u­ca­tion) Ma­ha­rash­tra ini­tia­tive started in 2015 by the depart- ment to raise the learn­ing lev­els of stu­dents and im­prove qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion in schools. Schools are graded on the ba­sis of their per­for­mance in the tests.

Ac­cord­ing to a cir­cu­lar is­sued by the depart­ment, schoolsshould not test stu­dents on math and first lan­guage sep­a­rately be­cause they will be cov­ered in the sum­ma­tive test. These tests will be counted as a part of the con­tin­u­ous com­pre­hen­sive eval­u­a­tion (CCE) pat­tern fol­lowed in schools.

The depart­ment will pro­vide com­mon ques­tion pa­pers to all schools for the two sub­jects. “So dono­task­teach­er­stode­sig­nother ques­tion pa­pers for it,” states the cir­cu­lar sent to all schools in Ma­ha­rash­tra.

The April test will be sum­ma­tive in na­ture, eval­u­at­ing stu­dents on what they have learnt in the sec­ond se­mes­ter. This is the third and fi­nal com­pe­tency test for this aca­demic year, 2016-17.

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