Bengaluru: The Karnataka government on Tuesday had taken a major decision to adopt a no-fail approach for Class 7 examinations for government and private schools. The report card of a student won’t have any mention of ‘pass’ or ‘fail’ remark, but will only reflect on one’s strengths and weaknesses in each subject in the exams, which will be called Common Evaluative Exam.
Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board (which conducts SSLC exams) will have a quality cell that will look after question paper preparation. It will be evaluated at the district level by government and private schoolteachers. The Class 7 exams will be held in March.
The Common Evaluation Exam follows the Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) currently practiced under the Right to Education Act.
KG Jagadeesha, the commissioner of public instruction, said.“The formative and summative assessments (tests, projects, and quizzes) will be held as usual,” for the March exam, summative assessment 2 will be held with half the syllabus. Other modalities (exam duration and total marks) will be announced next week.”
The CCE system will continue for classes 8 and 9. The government hopes the exam and subsequent interventions in classes 8 and 9 will boost students’ confidence for crucial board examinations.
Minister S Suresh Kumar said, “It’s an evaluation of a child’s knowledge that needs to be taken care of rather than an exam. The Belagavi division has also done something similar. The Kalaburagi zone found mathematics and science were areas of concern; language was an issue in Urdu medium schools.”
The education department will be starting a helpline by March for students, teachers, school managements and educationists to 11 raise problems on day-to-day issues.