The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has done away with the class X board exams in schools and come up with a mechanism to enable students judge their level of knowledge in terms of marks.
The arrangement is called Proficiency Test System (PTS) and would be available for the class X students who opted for continuous and comprehensive evaluation last year.
PTS would not be a compulsion. Only interested students would opt for the same and take the test accordingly in June.
PTS would be available in all subjects namely, English, Maths, Science, Social Studies and Hindi. The test would contain multiple-choice questions.
However, the number of questions and the duration of the paper are yet to be finalised. The board is also trying to figure out whether the candidate could take the test online or not.The question papers would be set by institutions of repute. While Central Institute for English and Foreign Languages would prepare the questionnaire for English, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, be responsible for Science and Maths question papers.
The board has also contacted Indian Council For Social Science Research and Central Hindi Institute for social studies and Hindi respectively.
Talking to TOI, chairman, CBSE, Vineet Joshi said, ‘‘There is a group of students which draws motivation from marks… so we have an option of them.’’ He added that circulars for PTS would be sent to schools via regional offices by month end.
The Central Board of School Education CBSE has decided to hold an optional “Proficiency test” for the students of Class X in June 2010, said board chairman Vineet Joshi in Lucknow on Thursday.
The workshop is on the new pattern of Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE).
The test, Joshi said, will be voluntary and for those students who clear Class X in March 2011. Soon, a circular will be released to to CBSE schools to collect data on the number of the students who wish to apply for the test.
The voluntary test will be based on the new CCE pattern and top institutions of the country like Central Institute of English And Foreign Languages (CIEFL), Indian Council of Social Science Research
(ICSSR), Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education and Central Hindi Institute have been approached for preparing the question papers.
“After discussion with parents and students from various parts of the country, we realised that there are some students who get motivated only by examinations. Thus for all such students, we will introduce the optional proficiency test, which will be conducted in June and would be voluntary,” said Joshi.
“The pattern of the test will depend on the number of requests we get. If the number of students opting for this test is not very large, we can go for an online test. Otherwise, we can opt for state-wise or district-wise centralised testing centres,” he added.
The students will not be charged any additional fees for this test, said Joshi.
He further said that the test would have multiple-choice questions and the students would have the option to take test in just one subject or more subjects. Secondly, the result will declare the students’ percentile instead of percentages.
Joshi said the CBSE is also planning to start “Parent connect” or “Parent volunteer scheme” under which parents would be trained to spread the awareness about the new CCE pattern.