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Zee News exclusive: HRD Ministry mulls grading system

Last Updated: Monday, August 24, 2009 - 18:27

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Giving a big relief to the school students HRD Ministry is contemplating to introduce grading system in CBSE schools from the next academic session.

The move comes keeping in view the growing number of suicides being committed by students for the fear of failing. The new grading system aims to do away with the current pass or fail criteria in the schools.
"The current system (of marks and percentage) leads to an unhealthy competition among the students. We are hoping to implement the new grading system from the next academic year," a senior HRD Ministry official said.

Under the new system students will get grades based on their academic performance. For example, a student who secures above 90 percent marks in a subject will get ‘A+’ grade while the one who gets less than 30 marks will get grade ‘E’.

According to CBSE chief Vineet Joshi, “The grades will cover a range of marks through which the students will be assessed.”

"The system and the range of marks for grades are being finetuned and we will finalise it soon. The grades will be accorded based on absolute marks," Joshi further added.
However, the student who gets ‘E’ grade in one subject would be promoted but he will have to reappear for that subject only.

While student with ‘E’ grade in three or more subjects will not be promoted to the next standard but will have to sit for the compartment examination.

CBSE chief said once the Class Xth boards are made optional, the CBSE will introduce the concept of on-demand exams under which students can take exams anytime they wish.

He said the decision to make the Class Xth board optional was taken so that a good system of competition and continuous assessment takes place.



First Published: Monday, August 24, 2009 - 18:27

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